Program

Program

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Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. We believe that in the 21st century coding skills will help you to start a new life wherever you are forced to go.

We offer a 3-month coding boot camp, followed by an internship. The ultimate goal of Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT-companies and IT-departments.

  • Participant

    You study 13 weeks full time and then start a 6- to 12-month internship. The program is meant for refugees and disadvantaged citizens.

    What we Expect
    • Passion for IT and technology
    • English fluency
    • Commitment
    • Full-time availability
    What we Offer
    • Three month intensive programming course
    • Additional support for laptop, food and transportation where needed
    • Coaching Program
    • Access to an internship lasting between 6 and 12 months

    For social workers: download the factsheet in German or English

    If the above mentioned information applies to you, apply to the program closest to your place of residence. Our current programs:

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  • Coach

    Our participants need more than technical knowledge in order to achieve a sustainable integration into employment. That’s why our program includes coaching. Each participant is accompanied by one volunteer coach.

    What to expect
    • Be matched with a participant by the end of the school phase
    • Get ready by several coaching workshops
    • Meet your coachee regularly during their internship and help them to achieve their goals
    Details
    • You connect well to people from diverse cultures
    • You have a good understanding of the Swiss labour market and work culture
    • You can commit to invest time for (bi-)weekly meetings with your coachee

    Check also our factsheet for more information.

    If you are interested in being a job coach to one of our participants, check our current programs for opportunities.

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  • Trainer
    You support our teachers as assistants.

    Teachers in the classroom are supported by volunteer trainers (2+ half day commitment) to to help answer questions from the student group and provide 1:1 support during exercises.

    If you are an IT professional, like to support our participants solving IT challenges and like to work in teams, join us.

    What to expect

    • A classroom of students eager to learn
    • An opportunity to stretch your own knowledge by answering questions

    Details

    • You have an understanding of some web development technologies (Javascript, CSS, HTML, Frameworks, Python, SQL, etc)
    • We match your skills to the time in the programme where that material is covered
    • No prior teaching experience required

    If you are interested in training our participants, please check our current programs for opportunities.

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  • Company
    Our participants are highly qualified refugees and they are looking for your engagement and support.
    What we are looking for
    • IT-companies or IT departments offering a 6 to 12-month internship
    • Teams who are eager to train an intern
    • IT professionals who are interested in cultural exchange

    If you are interested in offering an internship and becoming our partner in empowering refugees, please fill in the following form and share it with other companies who can support us.

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