Canada's first educational institution to offer a full refund to students who can't find jobs after graduating
TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - With its recent expansion to Toronto, design and technology school RED Academy offers students a guarantee that other Canadian schools do not: a job. RED Academy's Toronto and Vancouver-based campuses offer programs specifically designed to be relevant to today's technology sector, and teach students the skills and tools needed to succeed in the digital economy. Students who do not land a job in their area of study - UX design, web development or digital marketing - will have their tuition completely refunded, which may include full-time, contract-to-hire, contractor, or internship job placements.
"RED Academy's tuition guarantee is proof that we believe in a new approach to learning. Through tailored curriculums, personalized teaching styles, and real client projects, we're helping students build impactful skill sets that are key to their future employers," said Matt Parson, RED Academy, Chief Operations Officer. "We not only want to educate students, but we also want to provide certainty and assurance around relevant job placements."
RED Academy was founded in Vancouver in July 2015, and quickly expanded its Canadian presence with the opening of its second location in Toronto in March 2016. Since launch, RED has seen 450 students graduate from its Vancouver programs, with students securing placements at companies including Boeing, Telus, Cossette, and Yellow Pages. RED Academy's partnership with Creative Niche, a Toronto-based staffing and recruitment firm specializing in the creative community, provides extra assistance to students while looking for job placements in Toronto's growing tech sector, and helps each individual transition seamlessly into their new role.
Unlike shorter bootcamp-style programs, RED Academy's full-time courses are in-depth enough to ready students for a full-time job after graduation, filling hiring gaps in the local market. According to a recent report from the Information and Communications Technology Council, only 6 per cent of Canada's 527,000 graduates studied in an IT field in 2015. Canada would have to graduate nearly 43,000 IT students per year to keep up with rapid job growth in the industry, which means the country is short 14,000 tech graduates per year.
"Despite rapid growth in the tech sector, Canadian tech companies are constantly struggling to find the right talent," said Mandy Gilbert, co-founder of RED Academy and Creative Niche. "RED Academy is honing Toronto's local talent to be the next generation of skilled designers, developers and marketers that will help Canada compete on a global scale."
RED Academy offers part and full-time programs in digital marketing, UX design and web development. Most recently, RED Academy launched Canada's first full-time, six month Full-Stack Developer program. Each program offers students the opportunity to work on real-life client projects with non-profit and startup companies. As with all RED programs, students don't need any additional prerequisites besides a high-school diploma to apply, but demand is high and places are limited.
The first cohort of students will graduate from RED Academy's Toronto campus in October 2016. The second cohort of students are set to begin classes on September 26th, 2016 at RED Academy's Toronto campus, located at 462 Wellington Street West.
To learn more, please visit www.redacademy.com.
About RED Academy:
RED Academy is a digital media and technology school located in Vancouver and Toronto. RED offers a unique style of learning that emphasizes hands-on training by real industry experts, offering full-time and part-time programs that specialize in User Experience Design, Digital Marketing and Web Development. They are the first Canadian school to introduce a six-month Full-Stack Web Developer program.
For working professionals, evening and weekend programs are also available. In addition, mentorship and community partnerships, paired with small class sizes, aim to give students the one-on-one attention they need to succeed in the tech sector. All levels of technical knowledge are welcome. To learn more, visit www.redacademy.com.
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