Ellicium’s Freshers Training Program… A Story That Needs To Be Told!
Here is the Ellicium’s inside story that needs to be told! The month of August saw three new entrants at Ellicium. Sharvari, Sujata and Tushar, fresh out of graduation, joined the organization with much anticipation to start their careers.
In order to get them upto speed on the technologies specific to Ellicium’s domain, namely data analysis and data science, a comprehensive two-month training program was device. This covered all relevant topics required for them to work on projects. This was essential. Unlike their learning in academia, which although would have been holistic and encompassing several areas of design and computing. They need to expose to tools and languages specific to the work that they would be doing in the organization.
The Training Period-
The training was oriented towards getting them up to speed with cutting edge technologies like Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. A week devoted to each of the topics. Along with this, they also got hands on training on front-end tools like PHP, reporting tools like PowerBI and back-end technologies such as Unix shell scripts, SQL, Python.
The topics were covered by senior Ellicians in a comprehensive manner, who took time out from their busy schedules and designed and conducted great training sessions. Classroom sessions, video-based learning and hands-on assignments were in good mix. The assignments were a great way for the trainees to try their hand at the newly acquired skills and a means for the trainers to understand how well the training was being imparted.
Besides technical topics, the trainees were introduce to SDLC and Agile in particular. “Exposing the new employees to methodologies like Agile at this early stage helps them in absorbing and implementing them more efficiently in their projects.” opines Mandar Deshpande, Senior Project Manager at Ellicium, “Introducing them to Agile terminologies using games, creates a lasting impression in their minds.”
A short but very important session on Software Testing was organise. The trainees were introduce to all stages of the ‘STLC’.
Additionally, at the end of each month, the trainees work on a project to design, build, test and present to seniors. This was a very important exercise and a great way to introduce them to a project’s development lifecycle. “The entire exercise of designing, developing and testing the system and writing supporting documents like pseudo code and test cases was very helpful for us to understand the workflow in live projects” says Sharvari, a Computer Science Engineering graduate. All three trainees put in their 100% and worked hard to see the project to its completion. Ellicium’s Training Lab was a crucial part of this training program. It helped trainees to experiment and test, as much as they wanted to.
The Ending Phase
In the rigorous period of two months, during which the trainees worked all weekends, each discovered his/her area of interest, be it PHP, Python or Hadoop. This was an important factor to decide their allocation into projects at the end of the training period. A fantastic graduation ceremony held to mark the end of training.
Sharvari, Sujata and Tushar donning their graduation hat!
Ellicium has a strong commitment on learning. The trio continue to learn about existing systems through short knowledge transfer sessions by their team members; this will equip them to apply their knowledge into the development of future ones.
Good luck and Godspeed to all three!
All the trainers with graduates!