Exceptional talent is missed everyday
  • Opportunity is not equally distributed. The common heuristics used to judge graduates, such as which university they attended, overlook significant amounts of genuine talent. We rigorously source this talent while pushing the boundaries of assessment. This is the first half of our mission.
Exceptional training changes outcomes
  • The most effective learning practices are rarely used: the institutions that invest in the training - e.g. schools, universities, educational agencies – are often not rewarded based upon quality of the output, so the incentives don’t align. Yet Benjamin Bloom’s seminal educational research proved that the right methods can change learning outcomes by 2 standard deviations (2 sigmas). This is monumental, and while the research has advanced, these and many other techniques are at the core of what we do: thus the second half of our mission.
Team first:

Self second – we try to remove ego. We try to deliver excellence every day for the person who’ll build on our work...the person sitting next to us. It's about being part of something bigger;

Thoughtful respect:

this doesn’t mean being ‘nice’, it means showing someone the respect to give them honest feedback, to challenge their work, to demand a higher standard. And to expect the same from them...so it’s critical we do it with respect;

Performance in the moment:

what we did last year, the universities we went to, the grades we got, aren’t important. High performing teams care about what you’re doing right now;

Entitled to nothing, grateful for everything:

the two key components of our business - education and talent - are exceptionally difficult and notoriously ruthless. We are not entitled to succeed, we have toearn it every day – this requires resilience;

Constant improvement:

we invest upfront in defining goals, taking notes, reading, practising – and running at hard feedback – without these, improvement is impossible. We’re geeks through discipline and curiosity;

Really caring:

having any meaningful impact almost always requires sustained effort and excellent work - so it is really important that we care deeply about finding the right answers.

Chris Owen
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Education Director
Advisor
Daniela Andreea-Stan
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Programme Manager
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Keith Conway
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Sales Director
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Matthew Gaston
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Leadership Director
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Rich Lewis Jones
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CEO
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Sonali Singh
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Coding Coach
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Xiao Cai
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COO
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Yasmine Paymani
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Operations Manager
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Alex Peattie
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- Technical
Ibtissam Adem
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- Graduates
Oliver Beach
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- DE&I
Susan Allen Augustin
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- DE&I
About a career as a Software Engineer:
About teaching yourself how to code:
  • Basic Javascript:

    - CodeAcademy:  JavaScript pathway: bite size, simple lessons. We’ll almost certainly ask you to have completed some of these in the later stages of the interview process. Have a try and hopefully it’s enjoyable;

    - Other JS resources: learn-js.org, The JavaScript Way…if CodeAcademy isn’t for you. These are similar, although may be less accessible resources;

    - Codewars: once you know a little bit of JS, these are a fun gamified way to test yourself.
  • The Command Line (an essential skill for any developer. You’ll need to set a bit of time aside but it’s easy once you know how):

    - The Command Line Murders

    - Learn enough Command Line to be Dangerous
  • Git (as with the Command Line: a fundamental skill):

    - Git-it app
    - Version Control (Git)
About learning:
  • Small Teaching: a book that does a good job of blending theory and practical advice. Lang, the author, leverages recent educational research to suggest teaching techniques across three broad themes: knowledge, understanding, and inspiration;
  • Ultralearning: an accessible, entertaining book on how to learn more effectively. Scott Young famously went through the 4-year MIT curriculum for computer science in just 12 months;
  • Design for How People Learn: a great practical (almost high school level) text book covering the key principles of learning, memory and attention that will help produce effective materials and courses. Simply covers the difference between knowledge (like frameworks), skills (that require practice), motivation and habits;
  • Natural Born Learners: an inspiring book about learning more generally. Beard is an ex-Teachfirst teacher that travels the world to understand other educational systems, ultimately providing a call to action: Education IS the answer;
  • Learning How to Learn: aimed at a younger audience, it’s a great practical book covering how to apply the latest techniques to your own learning and ensure success. Oakley was a school dropout who’s now a world renowned professor. Astonishing that this isn’t on every school curriculum;
  • The Educated Mind: an influential book that places an emphasis on self-discovery and "cognitive tools". Offers a good mix of theory and practical advice;
  • Deep Work: while not directly a book on education, it does highlight the issues around working on "cognitively demanding tasks" (which definitely applies to coding!) and how to effectively overcome them;
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow: again, not a book specifically about learning, but about thought more generally. The book has strong implications for educators, especially in how we ought to teach students to tackle problems using "disciplined thinking" where possible;
  • Mindset: focuses on the importance of a "growth" rather than "fixed" mindset. Many of Dweck’s examples focus on education specifically, and give convincing evidence that cultivating said growth mindset is crucial for student outcomes;
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: Foer became a US Memory Champion while studying Memory Palaces and other highly effective learning techniques. It’s also a fun, easily accessible read;
  • How We Learn: an excellent book synthesising academic research on learning, especially with regards to memory and related cognitive processes.
About social mobility:
  • upReach: amazing charity helping graduates from less privileged backgrounds get onto top graduate programs. They offer application advice, coaching/mentoring with senior industry executives and access to exclusive events with top graduate recruiters
  • SEO-London: another great non-profit organisation. Again, the focus is helping those from low socio-economic backgrounds and ethnic minorities to find great jobs.
What do we do here?

We discover untapped potential…

You enjoy sharing your knowledge and time with people who care about what they do and you do to.

…train them to be high performance individuals…

Inspired by best-in-class tech education and High Performance training from the Bain Framework

…and place them at life changing roles…

We ensure that our clients challenge and help our trainees to grow over two years.

…to enable incredible lifetime careers.

Our aim is to enable our Alumni to have noteworthy careers beyond their time with us.

What do we believe?

1) Team First

The team comes first over the individual. We only succeed together.

2) Thoughtful Respect

Above all else we respect each other and each other’s contributions. We understand that showing respect to somebody means giving them honest, timely feedback on how they contribute.

3) Performance in the Moment

We don’t care if you graduated from a top university or worked at Google. We only care about your performance today (and tomorrow, and the day after that).

4) Constant Improvement

We care deeply about being better today than we were yesterday. This means we take notes, collate our shared knowledge, experiment and grow.

5) Really Caring

We work with real people, not products. We care deeply about each and every person who works at Sigma Labs - whether they join as a Team or Trainee.

Who are you?

You care deeply about helping people grow

You enjoy sharing your knowledge and time with people who care about what they do and you do to.

You want to help tip the scales

You understand that the world is an unequal place but are committed to righting that in whatever small way you can.

You’ve spent time in a high performance professional workplace

You know how to get tasks done quickly, to a high standard and as a team. We want to do that with you.

You want to be better

You care about what you do and want to be good at it. You find the process of learning enjoyable and invigorating.

You’re a nice person

We like working with nice people. If you’re nice, you probably do to.

You want to be part of a team

You understand that to go quickly you go alone, but to go far, you go together. You want to go far with a team of like minded people who are committed to what they do.