ParisCode: fill the digital skills gap

Short case description

ParisCode is a city-owned program that designed to allow young dropouts, people in the second half of their career and people without professional qualifications to train for digital skills. With the ParisCode action plan, the City of Paris commits to supporting the training and access to employment of 1,000 developer-coders per year by 2020 by providing financial support.

Situation background

In recent years there has been a significant shortage of the digital professionals in a compartment with increasing demand for digital skills.

Problem Statement

The program aims to include young dropouts, women and people who want to restart their career in the digital economy.

Steps to solving the problem

1.Through a set for projects, ParisCode supports digital schools by providing financial and logistical support and integrating them into the Paris digital ecosystem.

2. Employing innovative formats. The diversity of training courses and innovative pedagogies mobilized for ParisCode must allow each and everyone to find the curriculum adapted to their situation (cybersecurity, data science, programming, etc.).
Far from traditional school environments, learning spaces are
entirely remote for some (for example, the Open Classroom or CNAM1 )
face-to-face (Simplon, Web @ cademium, Webforce3, IFOCOP2 , for example)
learner-led courses.

3. On May 18, 2017, five "Emploi et Formation ParisCode" charters were signed with leading digital companies (including Accenture Microsoft, Orange, Showroomprivee, SalesForce, etc.) who, along with the City of Paris, are committed to supporting the development of ParisCode initiative. Each of these companies is committed to funding training, recruiting trainees or apprentices from ParisCode training courses, visiting companies and discovering digital professions, sponsoring and mentoring students from the ParisCode program


By 2019, over 19 schools were engaged in the project.
Over 40% of program participants are women as opposed to the average of only 15% across other technical program
In 2017, the number of job offers in 3D printing and augmented reality gotten through the program grew by 12% a month

Additional information

The goal of the program is to train 1000 per coders and developers by 2020.