Apple has announced a new partnership this morning that is designed to train more people in code using its own programming language, Swift. The company now claims to work with the non-profit Dream Corps based company based in Oakland, where Apple will provide technology along with curriculum guidance, professional support and advocacy for people in secondary and higher education, colleges and beyond.
The non-profit organization currently has its own learn-to-code program called #YesWeCode, which has so far graduated 100 people and placed about 60 percent in technical jobs. The long-term goal is to help 100,000 young people with an under-represented background in training for jobs in technology.
"I see Dream Corps as a peace corps for the American Dream," CEO Vien Truong said in a statement. Truong joined the organization in 2015 and is the youngest of 11 children born from an immigrant couple that migrated from Vietnam in the 1970s, Apple also noted.
"It's about making sure that we can help support those who lived or grew up in my area, and this collaboration with Apple will help unlock the untouched genius and talent within those communities, enabling a new generation to fulfill their dreams," she added.
Dream Corps is now working with the mayor's office and the city of Oakland to find a location for a special space to support the program with Apple and other employee development initiatives. Apple says it will launch its program later this year in the Bay Area.
Apple's investment in training and development programming is part of the larger Community Education Initiative. But such collaborations are not the only way that Apple encourages people to learn how to code with Swift.
Since the introduction of the language in 2014, Apple has implemented various programs and tools to introduce more people to Swift, including the 2016 release of the kids coding app Swift Playgrounds, extensions to their own "Everyone Can Code" "program in the US and elsewhere in the world; the addition of free coding sessions in stores; and it has offered educational tools, software and curriculum for teachers.
For Apple this is all about ensuring that there is a new generation of developers learning its tools and Swift, to develop new apps for its platforms, iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
During the WWDC event last year, WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook said there were 20 million registered developers on iOS, who together made about $ 100 billion in revenue, while the App Store saw some 500 million visitors per week .
As more of Apple's business shifts to its growing services business rather than just selling the iPhone, it is crucial to ensure that the developer pipeline remains open and accessible.