Bridge is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization that brings together people who believe that we can and should remove barriers preventing members of marginalized groups from participating fully and equally in the technology industry. We do this by skilling up and supporting women, agender, and non-binary professionals via free 11 week software development and product design programs. In small classes, and through hands-on project-based work, we improve developer’s and designer’s skills and greatly increase their confidence.
Having tested and refined our approach, we’re currently building on the success of Bridge by growing the program. We're now looking for forward-thinking companies who care about fostering a diverse and inclusive tech community to sponsor Bridge and make this possible.
Key Benefits of Sponsoring Bridge
We know there are many excellent initiatives you can put your company's funds towards to further diversity and inclusion. There's also many online sourcing tools, external recruiters, and other methods of finding talent out there.
But what if you could improve your own company's gender diversity, hire a talented and hardworking developer, and contribute to making the tech community more inclusive overall? Sponsoring Bridge is a cost-effective solution to all of these needs. We make it so that you don't have to decide between ROI and the right thing to do.
Companies who sponsor Bridge in July 2018 will receive an invitation to our Hiring Day in the beginning of August. Contact us today to learn more.
Our Programs: Bridge for Software Development
Almost 600 people have applied to Bridge since the beginning of 2017 alone. Students are carefully selected based on two key factors: hireability and existing technical skill. Our application process generates consistent results: hardworking, skilled people who are passionate about professional growth and interested in new opportunities. Find out more about the program here.
Our classes cover:
React and Redux
Git, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery
Writing valuable unit tests
Agile product development and teamwork
"Interviewing two to five people a week for the last two years has exposed me to a lot of different candidates. Bridge candidates stand out for their "rubber hits the road" attitude to development, along with rich experiences they often bring from other industries. Bridge graduates also tend to level up at a higher rate than our average developers. Finally, and to me personally one of my favourite things about Bridge graduates, is that their work ethic tends to be exceptionally strong."
We’re currently running our first cohort for Product Design! Stay tuned for updates about future courses by following us on twitter, linkedin, or facebook.
Our product design classes cover:
Discovery & Facilitation
Empathy & Ethics
User Journey Mapping
Ideation & Prototyping
Feedback & Critique
Selling & Pitching
Let’s Change the Industry Together
Our industry has had a diversity problem for decades. We can’t fix it overnight, but if we work together, we’ve proven that we can make meaningful, impactful change in only 11 weeks. If you’d like to be a part of the future of diversity and inclusion in our industry, contact us today for next steps.