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Orthodox Jews are often excluded from careers in coding. That’s changing
Orthodox Jewish men tend not to go to university, explains Levine. After finishing school, they often attend a seminary where they fine tune study of ancient Hebrew texts in a highly-charged academic environment. After that they go on to raise a family.
As Levine notes, that means there are lots of talented people who never attend university. He says studying Talmud requires a strong work ethic and a methodical, disciplined approach. That can be good preparation for the rigours of coding.
In addition to the taught part of the course, Levine and Dempsey work hard at finding actual jobs for the graduates within the Manchester tech scene.
In the programme’s first year, 12 men graduated. Six of them now have jobs as programmers and dev-ops with companies like Amaze and DigitalBridge. This year, 10 will graduate, six are looking for a job and two others have already found one.
The academy has so far only catered for men, mainly due to demand. Levine says that as soon as they have enough interest from women, they’ll offer a course for them too.
For the future, Levine says the academy is considering a partnership with employers and more advanced coding schools . That will help Alef Beis serve more students and offer more help in getting graduates into their first job.
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit the academy’s website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.