We are thrilled to announce the opening of Holberton School Melbourne, in Australia. This new campus will open in January 2022, and will be the first Holberton School campus in Oceania. Australia will be the 21st country to welcome a Holberton School campus, and Holberton School Melbourne will be the 30th Holberton School campus around the world.
By bringing Silicon Valley caliber software engineering education to Australia, Holberton aims to pursue its mission to help fill the digital skill gap. Across Australia’s workforce, 87% of jobs now require tech skills, and it is projected that the country will need 156,000 new technology workers to keep pace with the rapid transformation of businesses.
“ The traditional pathways into the Tech industry are stalling. With only 17% of total enrollments completing university courses (according to the Australian Government STEM Equity Monitor), we’re not seeing sufficient numbers of people joining the industry. Most companies have responded to this market by engaging in a war for talent. The Holberton School of software engineering delivers the right solution at the right time as we need to build the skills and not just “buy” them.” said Simon McSorley, Director of Crew Talent Advisory.
Emmanuel Goutallier, director of Holberton School Australia will be leading the project to offer our alternative education to the most, first in Melbourne, and then to more cities in the country.
“ The ability to learn how to learn as well as learning what is under the hood and collaborate worldwide with other Holberton School students is a truly unique model that I am proud to offer to our Australian students.” said Emmanuel.
The response of the corporate community to the launch of a Holberton School in Australia has been tremendous, especially because there is an urgent need to improve digital skills in Australia to ensure economic recovery from COVID-19 and to avoid jeopardizing a $10 billion growth in the technology, media and communications industries by 2025. As a result, Holberton School Australia is building an ecosystem of corporate partners that is willing to support the initiative from the very first day.
“ The industry demand for skilled engineering talent is at an all-time high. More than ever, we need to be able to develop and grow diverse talent. We are so excited to see the Holberton School starting up in Australia. Its structure and model for learning and preparing its students for the industry is exactly what we need at REA. We can’t wait for our first group of students to start the program in 2022.” Said Chris Venter, CTO of RealEstate.
Holberton School Australia plans to enroll 50 students in January 2022, and train and upskill more than 1,000 Australian students by 2023. The campus will offer a 1-year “ready to work” curriculum.
We can’t wait to welcome our first Australian students in January 2022!