First out - I am not here looking to have a good old cut off of FAS /Solas course trainers - This is a genuine question that I have not heard asked much anywhere:
FAS - What industry qualifications, experience do the trainers have? Do they need to have such qualifications?
( Because it is an area I know of I will concentrate on IT / Software Dev as focus for this question but feel free to comment using any other field also )
At the fas site it does not outline such detail. In the past I have learned alot of 3D design applications & techniques via paid for online Video based training courses/mentoring. All these sites detail the industry experience of the trainer in the video. In alot of cases they are already well regarded people in the industry.
Here are some of the courses that prompted me to ask this question:
Introduction to C++ Programming
JAVA ASSOCIATE DEVELOPER SE7 - Online
Mobile Technology - Android
Recently I was told by a guy who was a sales man, lost job, on dole for a year then they popped him on a Java Course. He is in his mid/late 40's, lousy at maths in school. He mentioned that this was the kind of course they were now sending people on.
Question is can we take 400,000 people + and pop them on Java, C++, Android, Iphone dev courses - spit them out after a year and expect them to get gainfully employed in a field that requires alot more experience than this and maybe foreign languages to boot?
Back to the trainers - how much industry experience do they have? Will courses like this create coding teams and actually develop apps & software? Are they project based? OR are they "turn to chapter 4 ... off you go on the PC in front of you"?
As a general thought I do not believe coding / software dev is for everyone, it takes a mind set and can take quiet a few years to actually get usefully good at it. A years FAS course will not hack it? Most dev companies NEED/WANT the employee to hit the ground running
BUT our government seems intent on pinning all our hopes on this Software Dev thing. I cannot help but feel a little scared that they have lost interest in the 450k on the dole and are more interested in the next batch coming up though College PLUS plugging the gaps with foreign workers