Launched in 2019 by Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) for people with Asperger's Syndrome, the Data Asperger certificate is being developed. Now titled "Application Developer-Designer specializing as a Data Analyst", the program will be accessible as a work-study program and in 4 cities in France from September 2021 thanks to the arrival of a new partner, WebForce3.
Major New Updates: 4 possible cities and a work-study program
300 applications, 43 students enrolled and 19 graduates who all found a job after graduation: this is the outcome of the first two classes of the program for people with Asperger's Syndrome created by GEM. The goal: to train data or web and application development professionals who are capable of finding long-term employment in companies.
To accompany its new recruits until the end of their training, GEM is proposing a new approach from the start of the academic year in September 2021:
- the School still does not require any pre-requisite level of study. However, candidates must now pass an aptitude test for programming and present a validated or pending RQTH (recognition of status as a "disabled worker")
- The program will be offered as part of a work-study program: classes will be held from September to December on a full-time basis, then as part of a work-study program in a company from January to November.
- Students will follow the program in Grenoble (GEM campus) and Lyon (WebForce3 campus). They can also choose to attend the program entirely in Lille or entirely in Paris.
A new partner of the social economy (ESS)
The program is now based on the RNCP qualification Application Developer-Designer (level 6) of GEM's new partner: the WebForce3 school. A social economy company, WebForce3 is a unique network of schools located in 50 regions throughout France (metropolitan and overseas) and internationally (Luxembourg and Morocco) that offer training for digital professions with a high recruitment rate. Its strong commitments to create an inclusive, ethical, and sustainable digital society are in perfect alignment with GEM's commitments and aims. WebForce3 will provide the technical component of the training offered by GEM, whilst GEM will continue to provide knowledge and skills related to social skills and professional integration.
As a reminder, this innovative program in France is sponsored by Modis, supported by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, AGEFIPH (Association for the Management of Funds for the Professional Integration of Disabled People) and partner companies who participate in the financing of the program and who recruit students involved in the work-study program.