General Assembly

Jake Schwartz, Brad Hargreaves, Matthew O. Brimer and Adam Pritzker.
United States
An organisation that aims to foster career advancement and transformation by training students and professionals in high-demanded IT skills and providing career support for the technology sector.
What solution does the innovation propose?

The organisation aims to eliminate the global talent gap in the technology sector by pairing accelerated learning experiences with analytics and assessments to help employers source, evaluate and train tomorrow’s workforce. Additionally, the innovation seeks to promote diversity, access and socioeconomic mobility, by offering training models aimed at empowering low-income adults and underrepresented communities in technology—including women, black people, LGBTQ individuals and veterans.

Impact evidence

  • 20 campuses and over 35,000 graduates on full-time and part-time courses worldwide.
  • More than 2,500 hiring partners worldwide.
  • 92% graduation rate from full-time programmes.
  • 99% of those who participated in General Assembly’s Career Services programme found a new job within 180 days.
How does it work?

The programme offers full-time online and in-person immersion courses for individuals looking to change their careers; part-time courses for individuals who want to level up in an existing role; and on-campus workshops and events for those who want to start exploring new skills and topics. 

The courses offered teach participants skills related to web development, product management, mobile app development, programming and data science. The organisation works in partnership with a global employer network to customise staff training and create a dedicated hiring pipeline for companies who want to employ their alumni.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
New York, United States.
Where has been implemented so far
Implemented in 11 cities in the United States, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada.
Last updated: 
June 2017