This free coding school has no teachers or classes. Can it help solve the tech skills crisis?June 15, 2021
Despite being the European capital of startups, Estonia is facing a worrying tech skills shortage. An innovative approach to training developers hopes to tackle the problem.
Later this year, an international coding school will open its doors to students in Jõhvi, a town of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in Estonia that is located 50km from the Russian border.
There are no tuition fees, no classes and no teachers, and over the course of two years, students learn the skills they need to enter Estonia’s job market as full-stack developers.
“A good programmer without a job is really hard to find in Estonia,” says Ivo Lasn, the head of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL). “There are more ideas and business plans in the IT field than the people with whom to execute those ideas. We’re talking about a shortage of thousands of people.”