Springboard into tech + real estate

Springboard to Tech

We’re always pumped to hear about awesome programs that promote STEM + X pathways! If you’re keen on tech + real estate, you need to now about REA Group’s Springboard to Tech program that paves the way for women who want to work in this area.

The Springboard to Tech program runs for 12 months, is paid, and offers women a personalised approach that helps with the transition into (or back into) a technical career. On the job formal training, mentoring and coaching lead to an offer of ongoing full-time placement within REA at the completion of the program.

REA Group Chief Technology Officer, Chris Venter said as a leading digital company, REA has an obligation to find new and innovative ways to bring talent into the tech workforce.

“Australia needs to prioritise building a workforce that helps us plug the digital skills gap and meets the requirements of a modern digital economy. There are six different initiatives in REA’s entry to tech programs and Springboard to Tech is one of the most pivotal,” Chris said.

“This program has genuinely shifted the dial on gender representation in REA’s tech workforce, with 20% female representation in 2017 to almost 30% now, and we absolutely want to get to 50% women in tech at REA.

“Our Springboarders vary from women returning to the sector, women who have completed a short course and those who are completely fresh to tech. We’re looking for people with the right mindset and attitude, and those who are curious and love to learn.”

Previous graduates of the Springboard to Tech program have also come from a wide range of industries, such as design, hospitality and pharmaceutical.

And even more exciting news – they are expanding their 2022 intake, with eight places available for women to spring into a newfound tech career at REA. You don’t need previous tech experience, but a short course or coding bootcamp is recommended before you start.

Successful candidates in the 2022 program who need an extra boost to their skills will be further supported with a place in the first intake of Silicon Valley education start-up, Holberton School’s Melbourne program in January 2022. Holberton offers an alternative software engineering education program with modern learning methods built around joint problem solving and collaboration. How cool is that!

If you want to apply, head over here for all the deets on the Springboard to Tech program.

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Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.


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