How to: train the next generation of web professionals

10 Apr 2018

It is unlikely that there will be a day where you don’t access the web at some point, whether it’s via your phone, tablet, laptop or PC. The web has a fundamental role in day-to-day life: it is a virtual shopping centre, a news source, a library, a picture gallery, a networking tool, a content platform with infinite information and data.

Unsurprisingly, the web industry is booming and there is need for web professionals to continue to feed our insatiable need for online content. According to Onrec, the demand for web developers is higher than ever before. With nearly all businesses requiring a web platform and many competing to have better functionality and accessibility, web developers are highly sought after professionals that have the key skills needed to advance web presence of any kind. 

Tech Nation deemed the UK the digital capital of Europe, stating that “in 2016 UK digital tech investment reached £6.8 billion, that’s 50% higher than any other European country.” According to them, there are 1.64 million digital tech jobs in the UK, and the digital sector is creating jobs 2 times faster than the non-digital sector.

So how do we fill these jobs? With skilled web professionals, of course.

That’s where education comes in, because in order to create a new generation of web professionals, we need quality industry-standard training that ensures that they are knowledgeable in the latest movements of the internet industry.

SAE’s Web Development degree is an established route to industry, with graduates being able to learn all the necessary skills to become a professional in their field of work.

Despite being called ‘Web Development’, the course offers so much more than just learning how to implement a website. Not only do students learn how to code, but after just the first term they are able to create a responsive website - something that is so important in the industry today.

Javascript, CSS, e-commerce websites, User Experience, Databases, web applications, are just some of the areas covered by the degree programme and they are all taught in a specific way that enhances students’ abilities.

Andrea Martina, Web Programme Coordinator comments: “There are many different ways to teach those topics and we've decided to opt for a practical way, known as PBL - project-based learning. We believe that learning how to code by getting your hands dirty, is the best and quickest way. And our results are demonstrating it.”

Students are taught how to add interactivity to a website by learning one of the most used scripting languages for the web - javascript. On top of this, they also learn CSS which enables them to create and implement interesting and effective animations to websites. On top of this, they learn how to develop an e-commerce website, a more advanced skill but highly necessary considering that almost any physical store requires an online presence.

Students also learn how to correctly deal with accessibility, usability and User Experience, which guides them on how to make any type of website easy to use. For more complex websites in particular, such as CMS, they are based on Databases. Students are taught how to set up and properly use multiple Databases with PHP. They also learn the MVC architectural pattern behind web applications such as Google Docs and Netflix. 

SAE London student Natacha Poletti comments on her experience doing the Web Development course:

“SAE allows me to get the perfect mix of theory and practical. Anything I learn "in the books" is directly used in practical examples that teach me how to dive in the web world. I have already created multiple websites of different levels and complexities, allowing me to build a strong portfolio for my professional future.”

“As a Web Developer, we always have to keep an open mind and learn new things in order to create the best product according to our client of the moment. It is a constant and exciting mind exercise that always challenges me to do more.”

To find out more about SAE’s Web Development degree programme, click here.