Berlin-based CareerFoundry, an IT training-program, announces that they have entered into an agreement to offer 3 months of free access for its students to the UXPin platform. Normally available for $15 per month, this partnership with UXPin will offer CareerFoundry students the opportunity to upload projects, prototype designs, and collaborate in real-time as part of their regular program.
CareerFoundry launched in March to offer job-seekers an opportunity to develop a portfolio that they can present to potential employers. Many people opt for college before entering job market, but are left with only book-knowledge and a piece of paper attesting to their abilities. CareerFoundry is aiming to go beyond by providing participants in their program with individual mentoring from experts and a portfolio to present to potential employers.
At the moment, CareerFoundry offers classes for learning web development and UX/UI design. Those who choose to study web development have the option of learning front-end development or taking Ruby on Rails classes (beginner or advanced). If you opt for for UX/UI design, then classes in strategy and content, wireframing and prototyping, or visual design and analytics await you. CEO Raffaella Rein tells us that they intend to soon launch courses in other IT specialities.
The CareerFoundry program is not particularly cheap at 300 Euro/month for the 3-month-long course, but enrollees demand quality and this helps it CareerFoundry to provide. The price also encourages students to complete their studies, or they would otherwise be tossing their money away for nothing.
Competitors to CareerFoundry include General Assembly, which offers online and offline career-training, Peter Thiel-backed Thinkful, and Bloc.io, which starts at $4K for 12 weeks of training. Rein, who co-founded CareerFoundry with Martin Ramsin, tells us that they have attracted 900 users to their free trial course. Rein says that the company is backed by 250K Euro from investors led by Stefan Glaenzer of London-based Passion Capital.