Andela, a global talent accelerator currently operating one of the most selective web development training programs in the world, today announced a partnership with General Assembly, the global educational institution offering instruction and opportunity in technology, business and design.
Andela finds the brightest young people in Africa and gives them the training and mentorship needed to thrive as full-time, remote software developers for companies around the world. Currently fewer than one percent of applicants are accepted to the program.
The partnership will allow Andela developers, as well as thousands of applicants who were not able to join the program, the opportunity to pursue an education in technology through General Assembly’s educational offerings, including its online Web Design Circuit, Front Row and research and curriculum from GA’s most popular courses and workshops, at no cost.
“Through this partnership, thousands of young people around the world will have the chance to become world-class web developers. This directly advances the mission of both Andela and General Assembly, and we’re excited to be working with the GA team to make this opportunity possible,” said Jeremy Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Andela.
General Assembly’s Web Design Circuit enables students to develop their ideas into reality, creating functional, stylized websites through an online, mentor-driven learning experience. Front Row offers unlimited access to live streaming classes as well as an on-demand video library. General Assembly will also provide the curriculum for several of its classes and workshops, including those related to user experience design, mobile design, and software development. GA has a team devoted to researching and updating class curricula based on employer needs and will make that information available to Andela.
“We believe in the power of technology skills to change lives in a profound way,” said General Assembly Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Jake Schwartz. “We are dedicated to helping people develop the practical skills that global companies are seeking and are proud to partner with Andela to bring our offerings more people around the world.
Andela’s inaugural class received 5,200 applicants, all of whom can benefit from the Andela–General Assembly partnership. The 28 developers who were accepted are currently participating in a Boot Camp based in Lagos, Nigeria. Following the Boot Camp, developers will take part in an immersion training program which will prepare them for continued training and employment with Andela.
Andela is a global talent accelerator that produces world-class developers and connects them with top employers. Andela finds the brightest young people in Africa and gives them the training and mentorship needed to thrive as full-time, remote developers for companies around the world. The company is backed by investors including Steve Case, Omidyar Network, Founder Collective, Rothenberg Ventures, LearnCapital, Melo7 Tech Partners, and Chris Hughes. Andela has offices in North America and Africa.
About General Assembly
General Assembly is a global educational institution that is building a community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love through instruction and opportunity in technology, business and design. General Assembly offers full-time immersive programs, classes, workshops and online educational programming on the most relevant skills of the 21st century economy, including web development, user experience design, product management, digital marketing and data science. Headquartered in New York, General Assembly was established in early 2011 and has twelve campuses worldwide, in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, D.C.