Apple subsidiary launches app developer training programme to address technical skills gap

The nine-month professional course is designed to boost diversity and raise awareness of career opportunities in one of the world’s most prosperous sectors

Claris International Inc., a computer software development company and a subsidiary of Apple, yesterday (25 February 2021) announced the launch of the Claris App Developer Training Programme – a nine-month professional course designed to cultivate low-code app development skills, and introduce aspiring digital talent to the wealth of opportunities available in one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors.

Delivered in partnership with software training provider Qwasar Silicon Valley, the programme is designed to bridge the growing technical skills gap in digital industries, as well as to boost diversity through combined full-stack education and low-code training.

“Closing the massive IT skills gap facing so many businesses and increasing diversity in the tech industry can’t happen without broader access to training and technology,” said Claris CEO, Brad Freitag.

“Qwasar and Claris are both committed to removing barriers by combining solid workforce education with a low-code platform that helps strengthen learners’ skills in app development.”

“Closing the massive IT skills gap facing so many businesses and increasing diversity in the tech industry can’t happen without broader access to training and technology” – Brad Freitag, CEO, Claris International Inc.

Designed to enhance both technical and business expertise, the programme will equip participants with the skills needed to succeed in professional app development.

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The programme kicks off with an in-depth, full-stack programming curriculum, followed by an introduction to Claris FileMaker, finishing with students’ familiarisation with Claris Connect – a tool used for creating automated workflows.

Training also incorporates gamification and peer review for an engaging and interactive learning experience. Working with tools and languages such as Javascript, HTML/CSS, SQL and more, participants advance their problem-solving skills while gaining first-hand software development experience in Silicon Valley – the world’s best known tech hub.


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To encourage collaboration, the programme gives students the chance to join diversity-focused cohorts, designed to foster supportive and inclusive learning communities for everyone involved.

With figures from November 2020 showing that more than 25m Americans have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme has an accessible cost of just US$50 per month, giving participants the chance to build their technical and soft skills to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Aspiring low code developers can submit their applications to: qwasar.io/tech-talent-programs/claris-app-developer-program/ 

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