How does the yahka traineeship work?

Intensive Training, Training-the-job, Soft Skills training, Coaching - these are the four most important elements of the yakha traineeship.

As soon as we have received your application documents, we will contact you and start the selection process. During this process you will go through various tests and interviews. In this way, we want to achieve the best possible fit between our trainees and our partner companies.
During the training phase you go back to school together with other trainees. During this time you will receive comprehensive theoretical expertise in the notified area. You take part in the training, practice on specific case studies and are given the opportunity to study on your own - alone or in a group - and consolidate what you have learned. This sets the foundation for your future work with your new employer.
It's about time to develop your talent in practice, to try out what you've learned in theory and to meet new colleagues. You will work on projects, take on more independent tasks and obtain the necessary certificates that correspond exactly to your learning curve and fit your future job position. You will be accompanied by experienced IT colleagues and our coach. In addition to your technical skills, you will also work on developing your Soft Skills.
After a little over a year, you have successfully completed your traineeship and are faced with the opportunity of a job that suits you and is secure at a company that you already know and that offers you many growth opportunities.


How long does the yakha traineeship take?

The duration of the traineeship depends on the department, the content to be learned and the requirements of the partner company. This is usually 14 or 15 months.
Of this, about 2 to 3 months are usually allocated to the intensive phase and 12 months to the Training-on-the-Job.

How is the training formed?

The traineeship consists of a two to three-month training phase and 12 month Training-on-the-Job.

In the training phase, the focus is on learning the theory and on initial application exercises. All in a very protected setting. You take part in the training, practice on specific case studies and are given the opportunity to study on your own - alone or in a group - and thus to deepen what you have learned. Here we use a good mixture of frontal teaching, group work and practical individual exercises - depending on the topic.
The composition of the training content depends on the department and the requirements of the partner company.
In addition, there are regular, top-class Soft Skills training courses on topics such as communication and teamwork.

With some partner companies, we also supplement this training with an introduction to the company's industry (e.g. introduction to the insurance industry).

How many trainees are there per cohort?
The number of trainees per group/cohort varies. It depends on how many trainees are being trained for a specific partner company and a specific department at the same time. However, it is important to us to learn in small groups - which are not too small - because this achieves the best learning quality and a good exchange among the trainees.
What is the probability of being taken on after the traineeship?
Since both our partner companies and our talents invest a lot of time, energy, etc. in each other, they are usually interested in long-term cooperation. During the Training-on-the-job phase, you get to know and appreciate each other so that the likelihood of being hired after the traineeship is very high. Our challenging selection process plays another important role. However, the success rate is usually over 95%.
How does the traineeship at yakha differ from classic Bootcamps?
Our partner companies help shape the curriculum. We combine the IT-Hard Skills you need, adapted to the specific profile you are looking for, with a unique Soft Skills training program. We work together with specialized external training and certification partners to continuously ensure the quality of the training for you.
How are you dealing with the current Corona situation?
In the context of Corona, we want to act responsibly. Therefore, a large part of the training is currently taking place virtually until further notice. Hence, a major part of the training is held remote.
The Digital Skills Assessment is currently only taking place on a virtual platform.
Unfortunately, a few things cannot be done remotely but only in person, so we try to carry out these appointments as responsibly and with as little risk as possible.
We attach great importance to compliance with the general precautionary measures (distance, masks, etc.) as well as the G-regulations applicable at the time (2G/ 3G/ 2G+ or similar).
What advantages does a lateral entry into IT at yakha offer me?

A lateral entry itself offers a multitude of advantages. These include the chance for a new career, the opportunity to make better use of your own strengths and to follow your passion by following a completely different career path.

The traineeship at yakha offers other great advantages:
- Cooperation with a partner company: Exciting tasks & projects
- Free training in your new field of expertise
- Mixture of theory and practice (training-on-the-job)
- Group learning
- Friendly togetherness and first-name atmosphere
- Relatively short training duration due to focus on a specific IT department
- Support through soft skills training & individual coaching
- Opportunity for YOUR new dream job

Who can apply for the traineeship?

Simply put: everyone!

We look at the individual person, their strengths and their development potential. You therefore do not need any prior experience or training in the field of IT. The yakha traineeship is explicitly aimed at non-specialist career changers.
Of course, it doesn't hurt if you already have previous knowledge, e.g. through your private interest in IT or other points of contact, e.g. with programming. However, it is not a mandatory requirement. Your IT affinity, your motivation and your potential are much more decisive for mutual success. For most advertised trainee positions, however, you should be able to show that you have completed your studies or completed job training - regardless of the specialist area.

For some job postings, a few additional requirements must be met (e.g. good knowledge of English) in order to do justice to the reality of everyday work in the partner company.
The specific requirements and prerequisites can be found in the respective job advertisement.

Not sure if you meet the requirements for a specific position? Just contact us and we will try to answer this question together.

How is the application process structured?
We look forward to every application from motivated and courageous prospective career changers.
As soon as you have submitted your - as complete as possible - application to us via our application portal, the screening process begins.
The selection process usually includes the following steps:
1. You apply -> We look at your application documents carefully to get a first impression of you and to check whether you meet the formal requirements.
2. In an initial assessment, we test your basic suitability for the traineeship. You can do this remotely from your own home.
3. In a second assessment, we test your development potential and IT affinity. What counts here is not your existing IT knowledge, but your potential to learn and process relevant content.
4. In the next step, we would like to get to know you personally in a conversation (usually via video call). Be yourself; It is important to us that you are authentic - we do not look for templates!
5. Last but not least is the introduction to the partner company. After that, the decision is made and we start the joint traineeship.
Do you need previous knowledge for the Digital Skills Assessment? Can you prepare for it?

You don't need any previous knowledge for the Digital Skills Assessment and you can't prepare for it in terms of content.

In any case, it is important to prepare yourself organizationally: ensure a quiet environment, a stable internet connection, microphone quality and the installation of the programs that we send out the day before. The technical requirement is a Windows-enabled computer (not with iOS, Android, etc.). Otherwise, you should start the assessment well rested and enjoy the tasks.

What will I learn during the traineeship?

During the training phase you "go back to school" together with other trainees. During this time you will receive comprehensive theoretical knowledge in the notified expertise. You take part in the training, practice on specific case studies and are given the opportunity to study on your own - alone or in a group - and thus to strengthen what you have learned. This lays the foundation for your future work with your new employer.

The specific content of the training phase depends on the department (e.g. Software Development, Back End Development etc.) of the advertised position, as well as the associated specializations and special requirements of the partner company. Details can be found in the respective job advertisement. (A little tip: If you are not familiar with individual terms, please take a look at our blog or at the corresponding subpage of a specific department.)

How much does the traineeship at yakha cost me?
In general our trainees even receive a salary: During the training-on-the-job you will be remunerated according the BAP collective agreement plus – if applicable - industry subsidies! It is important to us that finances should not be the reason for taking the leap into a new IT career and thus letting your potential go unused. 
Do I receive certifications during the traineeship?
In many areas of IT, it makes sense to be able to show certifications. The SCRUM master would be a great example of this. Since the traineeships are adapted to the requirements of our partner companies, a general answer to the question of certification is unfortunately not that easy. We always look when and where certifications make sense and offer real added value to everyone involved - especially you. Of course, we then use these certifications.
In addition, you always have the option of being independently certified in certain areas.
Can I do the traineeship alongside my full-time job?
Unless otherwise stated in the job advertisement, the traineeship is full-time. Another full-time position alongside the traineeship is therefore not possible .
Which company will I work for?

The vacancies are always linked to a specific partner company. So right from the start you consciously choose the company in which you want to develop your talent - and the company also chooses you very consciously.

Basically, we work with companies from different sectors (e.g. technology, trade, insurance, pharmaceuticals, services, etc.) and different sizes. We are also constantly expanding our network.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the application or the traineeship?

If you are interested in lateral entry into IT and would like to become a trainee (or are still thinking about it), you are welcome to contact Julia with your questions etc. at talents@yakha.de.

If you are looking for information for your company, Cristina is at your disposal at digitalskills@yakha.de.