Yahoo! Juku: Calling Tomorrow's Front-End Rock Stars

By YUI TeamMay 5, 2008

A few months ago, we posted an article describing an innovative training program here at Yahoo called the "Juku." The basic premise of the Juku is to help fill the void of professional-grade Front-End Web Development training. Our motives for doing this are at least a little selfish: The program provides us with a stream of talent well-versed in skills that tend to be challenging to source and hire. On the flip-side, we remain committed to using the program as a platform to further the state of Front End Engineering for the entire development community.

The training curriculum includes semantic HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DOM, YUI, PHP, accessibility, performance, and more. Juku trainees are full-time Yahoo employees, and upon completion of training they move on to roles within the Yahoo network as Front End Engineers. Last fall, we piloted the program with a group of 13 students and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.

We're excited to announce that we currently have a few openings to join our next 10-week training session beginning in mid-June in Sunnyvale, California. If you're a budding Front-End genius with a strong background in programming fundamentals and a passion to learn, we’d like to hear from you. But, the good news is you don’t have to work for Yahoo to benefit from Juku training: The lecture portions of the training will be videotaped for distribution via the Yahoo! Developer Network later this summer.

To apply for a spot in the next Juku training session, check the job posting. Applications must be received by May 15th.