Starting off in the Engineering Academy
Like many young engineers, I was drawn to Kainos particularly by their endeavour for excellence and commitment to developing the skills of their staff. The Kainos Academy is central to this and their Engineering Academy (previously known as the Trainee Development Programme) is without a doubt one of their flagship courses. Formal training on this scale for placements and graduates is quite uncommon, so you might imagine how seven weeks of bespoke practical training for a full classroom of them might sound. Too good to be true? Well… I secured a placement at Kainos this year and found out for myself.
What to expect on the Engineering Academy
The Academy struck a balance between supportive and challenging that had clearly been carefully tuned. One thing I wasn’t expecting was the extent of collaboration throughout the whole programme. Every week of training involved team exercises and the interaction between trainees was consistently one of the most fun and beneficial aspects of the whole experience; there was always someone whose expertise you could enlist to help solve a problem. Presentations were also a surprisingly integral part of the training. As well as a dedicated presentation skills day, group presentations that involved demonstrating work accomplished and explaining technical designs, were embedded in the course right from the start. This was especially pleasing as a good portion of young engineers may not have had much prior experience in this area.
Placement Year Logbook – Engineering Academy
What did we learn? What better way to demonstrate it than by sharing my university logbook?
On the day I finished the Academy, I was sure that Kainos was going to be a positive place for aspiring engineers to be. I was able to walk away from training with not only a wealth of technical knowledge, but also a much stronger sense of what it means to operate in a professional engineering environment. Observing Agile principles, coping with high-pressured work, and keeping the customer at the heart of the process… These were key take-aways, and while I’m keen to apply these core skills in real-world projects now, I’ll always remember the Engineering Academy as a brilliant experience for anyone about to embark on a career in software development.
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