After founding the country’s first digital, solidarity school in Barcelona, Factoría F5 has supported the teams at Fundación Tomillo and Peñascal Kooperatiba in setting new socio-labour insertion projects for vulnerable groups in Madrid and Bilbao.
Following the success of the first cohorts in Barcelona -more than 81% of whom reached a positive exit after participating- and having kickstarted the third edition, Factoría F5 and the Network of Second-chance schools started developing a scaling strategy to make the training accessible to a wider population.
UpSocial has joined this effort by bringing expertise in alliance-building and definition of strategic lines, as well as an impact evaluation framework.
Based on an international success innovation
The mentioned initiatives are based on Simplon.co, a pedagogical innovation developed in France and implemented in 10 different countries. Its methodology brings bootcamps, a training model that has been widely used in the technological sector, closer to groups that otherwise couldn’t afford participation. Simplon’s free, intensive courses do not require previous knowledge on programming and offer the opportunity of becoming a web developer within seven months.
The model has efficiently met the need for labour insertion of those furthest from the labour market (refugees, people with no education, long-term unemployed…) with the growing demand from the sector for non-graduate developers.