Like many other markets, France struggles to have sufficient developer resource to meet demand. Over the course of 2012/2013 France’s unemployment agency Pole Emploi received 16k offers alone for the job of web developer, of which 75% of the roles were for full-time, permanent hires (ie the infamous CDI status). While most of these roles did ultimately go filled, some 6k tech oriented roles went unfilled last year due to lack of sufficient, qualified candidates. 3W Academy, a quick cycle development school started by experienced businessman and entrepreneur Djamchid Dalili, is hoping to change this situation by quickly getting aspiring web developers employable in a quicker period of time.
3W Academy has welcomed 100 students since launching just one year ago. Most of the students aren’t completely new to the world of technology having perhaps taken a couple of tech related courses in the past or did an internship in a startup. However, many choose 3W because they are looking to quickly develop the skills and know-how to actually secure a job and be fully operational as a web developer in a short period of time. Although not the robust, in-depth degree that many choose, 3W Academy does offer an interesting alternative to tackling the lack of developer resource problem. It is likely that if we ever want to have enough talent to fill the increasing number of roles in this rapidly growing space, there will be various types of educational models that will need to emerge and be embraced.