In Wales there is currently a shortfall of approximately 3000 software engineers. The acquisition and retention of talented software engineers is a major problem that companies here in Wales struggle with on a daily basis. In collaboration with Welsh Government and a number of industrial partners, a new degree in Applied Software Engineering was developed by Cardiff University and is being delivered at the National Software Academy in Newport.
Although the programme is yet to have its first graduates this July, a number of our final-year students already have conditional job offers from companies here in Wales. We are keen to make sure that the next generation of software engineers leave the NSA as work-ready as possible with the practical software engineering skills required by local companies.
Aside from the technologies, we teach Agile practices in modules in both the first and second years using projects defined by local companies, both large and small, as the vehicle for teaching and assessment, an approach we believe to be unique. In this session we will discuss how the programme has evolved over time to meet the changing requirements of our industry partners, and invite the audience to suggest how we might continue to evolve the Agile teaching practices to ensure our graduates are work-ready and could be employed by your companies. The evolution of our programme is currently the subject of an accepted book chapter to be published in "Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning: Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom" later this year.