Start a Career As a Software Developer
Mined Minds offers a staged approach to transitioning into a career in tech.
Training starts with an intensive 16-week bootcamp covering the fundamentals of software development. The course is hands-on from day one, and you'll build your understanding and portifolio through a series of projects.
Successful graduates of the bootcamp can then transition to a 16-week pre-apprenticeship, where learning continues whilst you work alongside software consultants on real-life projects. You'll then be ready to join a full apprenticeship program, or regular employment, with continued support from Mined Minds.
Mined Minds currently partners to offer training in Pittsburgh PA, Waynesburg PA, Clendenin WV, and Beckley WV. No prior coding experience is required, and we have trained people from 16 to 60+.
Don't just take our word for it
"I didn't realise my experience as a coal miner would help me with code, but it does. It's all about solving problems and working as a team - everything I was doing underground, but now in the warm and in a career that will last." - Marv, Software Consultant at Mined Minds
"I was never any good at math and have always been a caregiver, so I assumed I wouldn't be able to be a programmer. I only joined the bootcamp to support my daughter, but then I got hooked!" - Heather, Software Consultant at Mined Minds
"Working in the mine I got paid from the neck down; now I get paid for my mind! Life as a coder is so much better than life as a miner." - Josh, Software Apprentice at Mined Minds
"...a unique blend of in-class training, peer-pairing, and most importantly hands on experience with real-world projects/apps. It wasn’t easy, but it has enabled me to change careers!" - John, Software Apprentice at Mined Minds
"One week after the devastating flood in WV where we lost a vehicle and my wife narrowly escaped the torrential water, I learned that my contract was not being renewed with the state of WV. We were out a car and I was unemployed. Mined Minds has provided my with the opportunity of a lifetime!" - Jeremy, Apprentice at Mined Minds
"I could barely get to a website, let alone build one" - Marv, Software Consultant at Mined Minds (CNN, April 16, 2016)
"…companies thinking of outsourcing work to India or Ukraine will see the benefit of using coders in Pennsylvania and West Virginia"
- Ed Crooks, FT Editor (Financial Times, Mar 29, 2017)
There are three stages in the application process:
- Register interest for a bootcamp below.
- Interview - this is a two way process, so that we can get to know you, and you get the chance to ask us about the program and a future in the tech industy.
- When spaces are available, you will be provied with contact details for our partner for that program, together with details of how to register with them.
Before registering interest, please download Booeys game on your phone, and complete as many levels as you can. The game exposes players to five aptitudes critical to technical careers. You are not required to complete all levels, and you will be asked your thoughts on the game during the interview process.