Tech academies in Amsterdam are working to overcome complex challenges

Earlier this summer, StartupAmsterdam published an article which examined a detailed report covering the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on local tech academies. And indeed, Amsterdam-based academies that prepare students for jobs focussed on technology are confronting complex challenges.

Last year, these institutions were busy training thousands of students to pursue careers with startups, scale-ups and corporations, but everything changed in the span of a few months. Currently, a few academies have fallen silent as they try to cope with the business world’s decreased demand for graduates, and many are pivoting towards offering more online learning opportunities. A large number were forced to cut prices and apply for government support. 

Working to help students secure careers in IT and tech

Despite difficulties, the dust seems to be settling, as many academies seem re-invigorated – particularly those that were already providing much of their training via the internet. Those connected with larger institutions, such as the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, are also getting back on track.

Here are some academies that are ready to welcome students and are deeply committed to positively impacting the local tech scene:

Growth Tribe: Europe’s first growth hacking academy was already ahead of the curve, operating across multiple countries and providing extensive online training. Currently, aspiring students can sign up for courses – short- or long-term, live or online – on growth and marketing, data, UX design and other tech topics.

The Talent Institute: Focussed on providing students with skills in design, experimentation and growth, the Talent Institute is currently accepting applications for its six-month paid growth hacking traineeship, which starts in October.

The Analytics Academy: Affiliated with the Amsterdam Business School, this academy has a range of fast-track courses on data science and business analytics aimed at both the commercial and non-profit sectors. During the initial lockdown, the academy offered some of their online courses for free, so they may have other special deals in the future.

The App Academy: This perky bunch, who strive to help their attendees find jobs after completing an eight-week course, has made it easier to join their online iOS bootcamp by adding more cohorts, shortening course length and cutting prices, providing some excellent opportunities.

Codaisseur: If you’re interested in becoming a full stack developer, this international academy has various open evenings and demo days coming up. Sign up here. Or watch their video, A Day in the Online Code Academy.


Codam: This fully-funded, peer-to-peer coding academy, which has a gamified curriculum and is open around the clock, has always been cutting-edge – so it’s business as usual with many regular open days. Sign up for one and learn about their 3.5-year programme.

Code Institute: As Europe’s largest online developer bootcamp, this institute is also university credit rated worldwide and has close ties to a network of potential employers. It gives interested candidates access to a free five-day coding challenge, complete with mentoring via Slack.

Computrain: As the largest IT trainer in the Netherlands, this academy has a wide range of offerings in various formats – including bootcamps, workplace training sessions and online classes – and it has recently returned to holdnig live classes.

Digital Society School: As part of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, this school runs a 20-week, fully-funded programme for designers, programmers, social/digital media experts, researchers, copywriters and storytellers. Additionally, they also have shorter courses, including the upcoming Designing a Multi-sensory Future.


Hack Your Future: Are you a refugee with no coding experience? This seven-month programme for web development begins every two months. It’s free and claims a success rate of 85% when it comes to getting graduates a job, making it a valuable opportunity for those looking to improve their lives.

Ironhack: This global institute has worked hard in recent months to transition to a purely online learning environment for its web development and UX/UI design bootcamps, though it hopes to return to on-campus learning, perhaps in a part-time form, soon.

Le Wagon: The acclaimed Le Wagon is a coding bootcamp that teaches students to develop web applications from scratch. While it continues to open campuses worldwide, it also operates a remote bootcamp.


Make IT Work: Run by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, this 11-month programme retrains highly educated people for careers in the IT sector. It is currently recruiting for a software engineering course that starts in November 2020.

Techionista Academy: This three-month, full-time data science academy is aimed at women. Currently, you can sign up for its Microsoft Azure Certified Data & AI-track course, which will take place entirely online.

YoungCapital NEXT: Both a recruiter and an IT and software development training institute with multi-year courses, YoungCapital knows what’s at play during these uncertain times. Presently, it is accepting applications for courses starting in 2021 in Hoofddorp.

Neurofied: Using insights from neuro-, consumer, cognitive and behavioural psychology, these social brain hackers help businesses and teams work more effectively. Interested individuals can sign up for its monthly one-day Brain and Behaviour crash course.

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