Frequently asked questions

Students

How do I apply as a student?


Just go to our homepage (www.redi-school.org), select the city, and click on the button 'Join as a Student' on the front page.




I currently don’t live in Berlin or Munich. Can I still attend?


Unfortunately, right now we only offer courses in Berlin and Munich. But you can attend online courses, e. g. at Cisco Networking Academy.
Check out the following courses:




What is the Digital Women Program?


The Digital Women Program is a ReDI initiative to increase the participation of migrant and refugee women in tech courses. The program is for women only and the courses are tailored to women needs. The courses run in the weekend and child care is provided for our students. Please see this page or contact Edlira if you want to find out more about the Digital Women Program.




If I am a women can I participate in the other ReDI normal classes?


Yes, indeed. The ReDI Digital Women Program aims to bring more women in tech classes, both in the women program and our normal program. If the normal program fits with your schedule and interests we encourage you to participate in one of our mixed gender classes. The Digital Women Program targets women who could not participate in our normal classes due to personal and family obligations.




When do the next courses start?


Our courses usually start in February in August/September.




What time commitment does it mean for me?


Most courses are once or twice a week in the evening. Some company courses already start in the afternoon. The courses in the Digital Women Program run only on Saturdays. Considering self-study, you would need to invest at least 10 hours per week.




Can I bring a friend?


Of course, you can bring a friend!




Is this only an offer for refugees?


We especially want to help asylum-seekers and refugees, but we are open for everybody who is a newcomer or has limited access to educational offers.




Which language is going to be used in the course?


Most of our courses are taught in English.
The beginner courses in the ReDI Women Program are taught in German with translation to Arabic, Tigrinya and Farsi.




What level of English is required to be accepted as a student?


Conversational English is needed for most of our regular courses. That means if you are able to follow a conversation in English you'll be fine.




How is the admission process?


We start with an Open Day or info session. Then you’ll be given the chance to apply online for the course you want to take part in. After that, we’ll invite you for a short interview and possibly a small quiz on your skills - only if you want to participate in an intermediate or advanced course. Soon after, you’ll receive an email from us with a confirmation of which course you have been admitted to. In case you have not been admitted immediately you'll . be added to our waiting list.




Can I attend multiple courses?


Besides the contact lessons there will be a lot of self-study involved. That's why you can attend only one course at a time.




What if I miss the application deadline? Can I still join?


Once the courses have started, you’ll have to wait until the next semester starts.




Do I need to provide any document to sign up?


We are going to ask you some questions about yourself, but you don’t have to bring any official document. For some courses, we might ask you to bring your CV to the interview before joining the course.




If there are too many applicants for one course, how do you select the participants?


We select the participants of each course due to the course requirements and in discussion with the course facilitators (teachers or partners).
Key factors for us are the motivation you have to apply with us, your availability and commitment. Besides that, we want to provide chances to people where education can have the biggest impact.
In general, we want to find the right course for everybody. That’s what our admission process is about.




I am looking for a job, internship or apprenticeship (“Ausbildung”). How can you help me?


We connect you to companies and keep you updated on current job postings. Furthermore, you might want to check these initiatives:




How can I practice my knowledge?


A very good way to practice your knowledge is by developing own projects. Look for a challenge you would like to solve. Start small and build a MAP (Minimum Awesome Product). If you don't feel comfortable enough with your coding skills, visit platforms like kodiri.com and codewars.com to practice with small coding challenges.





Volunteers

How do I apply as a volunteer?


Go to our homepage (www.redi-school.org), select the city, and select “Join as a volunteer” and then “Sign up as a volunteer”.




I have signed up through the form but have not received any answer yet. What should I do?


The recruitment process will only start 2 months before the start of a semester. This means that you might not be contacted right away, but might have to wait some weeks/few months before we contact you for a meeting or info session. But don’t worry - you will in any case be invited to all of our social events.




What skills are you looking for?


Right now, we offer courses in web development/design (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, React), Java and Python programming, data analytics/science, computer networking, Salesforce, and UI/UX. However, we are open to suggestions if you can bring the skills to offer a course.
Our Women Program however, requires volunteers to teach basic computer skills in the beginner courses, so if you are a proficient computer user, it is more than enough.




I don’t have a technological background. Can I still volunteer?


We can definitely need some help around event management, communications, logistics and administration. Please contact us if you want to find out more about it.
Our Women Program however, also requires volunteers to teach basic computer skills, so if you are a proficient computer user, it is more than enough.
Please contact us if you want to find out more about it.




What time commitment does it mean for me?


Our regular courses are taught twice a week for about two hours in the evening (usually from 7 to 9 pm). The Women Program Courses run on weekends. Classes run usually on Saturdays from 10:00 - 14:00. However, a team of teachers consists at least of three people so you don’t have to teach twice a week but only once. The key to a successful course is the efficient split of tasks and good communication between teachers and students. Preparation of each lesson can take up to 2h so in total our volunteers spend 4 to 10 hours weekly.





Companies and Partners

How can I look for applicants for open positions in my company?


Please contact Paulina, our Career Developer, to share your Job Description and coordinate the search to find the right candidates for your company or organization.




I am a tech company - how can I support ReDI?


If you would like to partner with ReDI and finacially support our programs please contact Anne.
Offering internships or entry-level positions to some of our graduates by contacting Sara.
Organizing a company visit and inspirational talk for our students by contacting Paulina.
Organizing a workshop for our students about a relevant theme for the job market or training a set of skill which could be of value for our students, like interviewing skills, CV writing, etc. contact Mireia or Benjamin.
Is there a rocket scientist in your company that could be a cool speaker in one of our Tech Talks? Ask him to contact Manuel.




How can I support ReDI School?


If you would like to partner with ReDI and finacially support our programs please contact Anne. You can also donate money to the following bank account: Bank: Berliner Sparkasse
Owner: ReDI School of Digital Integration gGmbH
Iban: DE73 1005 0000 0190 4847 21
BIC: BELADEBEXXX Or visit our page on betterplace.org!




Where can I find more information about ReDI?


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