Testlio Ignite

Igniting careers in remote software testing—with purpose and passion. One person at a time.

We all have something that drives us to be and do better. Improving our circumstances requires a mix of passion, skills, and opportunities. Unfortunately, some doors aren’t as easily accessible to everyone. 

Testlio Ignite is a career upskilling program. It is designed to provide professional and social impact for people who have seen career challenges, inclusive of those related to identity and/or experiences.

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Mission

To help small groups of people from diverse backgrounds initiate and advance careers in remote software testing via a 10-week scholarship-based program.

Vision

Graduates will develop and expand the skills needed in today’s fast-moving quality assurance industry, equipping them to join – or grow with – Testlio. 

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Qualifications for Testlio Ignite candidacy

To be eligible for Ignite, applicants are required to meet four criteria. 

Location

Residency in an eligible LATAM or EMEA country is required, meeting geographic criteria.

Passion

A strong interest in quality assurance is essential, indicating a passion for the industry.

Identity

Possessing unique identity or experiences is key, valuing diversity and individuality.

Commitment

Available for 10-15 hours a week from April 1 to June 7, 2024, showing commitment to the program.

Eligible countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Uruguay.

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sint Maarten, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the United Republic of Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Wallis and Futuna, and Western Sahara*.

How Testlio Ignite helps participants

Scholarships

Earn while you learn. The program offers direct grants between $150 and $200 per week based on participant locations and other factors.

Resources

The program provides connectivity, technology, and other resources to help participants advance their remote software testing journey.

Training

The training, aimed at those with basic to intermediate skills in Specialty Testing, Test Automation, or Testing Leadership, enhances and broadens your abilities for advanced quality assurance roles.

Mentorship

Providing 1:1 mentorship is an important part of the Ignite journey as we pair participants with mentors from Testlio’s Services team.

Connections

We plan to enroll 10 to 12 participants in Ignite this year. We will create multiple opportunities for all participants to connect and network through shared experiences.

Work

Ignite participants work on real software testing initiatives for one or more Testlio clients, ensuring real work experience directly applicable to your resume.

Training areas

Ignite will have two initiatives running concurrently. The first initiative aims to enhance general career development skills, while the second comprises three specialized tracks that focus on job-specific skills. Before submitting your application, choose a track that aligns with your interests and capabilities.

Specialty testing

Learn data preparation and analysis techniques and how to use data visualization tools to demonstrate effective testing strategies. 

Test automation

Learn how to create automated test scripts to validate software, ultimately contributing to the speed, accuracy, and reliability of client SDLC processes.

Testing leadership

Learn organizational and managerial skills that will help you to become, or advance as, a freelance Test Lead or possibly a full-time Testing Coordinator.

Who should apply to Testlio Ignite?

We are seeking candidates who are eager to invest time and effort into upskilling their careers in the software testing industry. If your career growth is restricted by challenges related to your identity and/or experiences, the Ignite program was created for people like you.

  • Have you experienced a lack of work opportunities in your home country?
  • Have you been forced to migrate to a country that is not yours due to war or political conflicts? 
  • Have you been incarcerated?
  • Have you ever been racially or ethnically marginalized or discriminated against because of who you are?

If you relate to the situations above or similar, know that you are not alone. Many at Testlio have personally experienced life and career challenges. We understand these can create obstacles and even lead to feelings of hopelessness. That’s why the Ignite program is near and dear to us.

Possible identity characteristics (may include one or more)
Possible experiences (may include one or more)

The above examples are not intended to be fully comprehensive or exhaustive. Our primary aim with this program is to create a highly inclusive experience for anyone who has faced difficulties in life and work. We always try to use inclusive terms or concepts, and we apologize if we unintentionally fell short in our examples or used outdated terms.

Examples of issues we seek to address

The issues below highlight challenges Testlio Ignite aims to address. Don’t be discouraged if they don’t exactly match your experience; we embrace diverse stories and encourage you to apply.

  • The lack of quality jobs remains a pressing issue in developing countries. Especially given the fact that 84% of the working-age population worldwide live there, mostly working in informal, low-paying, and insecure jobs.1
  • Less than half the women 2 of working age are participating in the global workforce, and they hold less than 28% of all tech jobs 3 worldwide as of 2023.
  • LGBTQIA+ people still face discrimination and exclusion in over 67 countries around the world 4. This limits their ability to reach their full potential in different areas of life, including education, employment, and physical and mental health.
  • 2023 marks the largest ever single-year increase 5 in forced displacement in history, due to war, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Displaced people struggle to rebuild their lives from scratch.

FAQ

The program is 10 weeks long. It runs from April 1 to June 7, 2024.

Since this program is based on an application and selection process, the timeline is as follows:

  • Application Intake: February 12 to March 8, 2024.
  • Participant interviews: March 18 to March 22, 2024.
  • Acceptance Letter: March 26, 2024 (we will send you an email)
  • Program Duration:  10 weeks from April 1 to June 7, 2024.

Yes, Testlio Ignite is free. Participants are given scholarships (via grants) to participate.

Yes, you will get a weekly grant that will support some of your financial needs while going through the program.

The weekly scholarship grant will be based on geographical location and other factors. We expect that it will range between $150 and $200 per week.

We do not provide healthcare or other benefits. However, we will work with you to ensure that you have the hardware, broadband connection, and other resources that you need to be successful in the program.

No. We intentionally don’t perform background checks for this program. We actively encourage people with a criminal record to apply.

No. Testlio Ignite is 100% remote and online. You can participate from anywhere in eligible countries that are between Eastern European time zones and Latin America time zones.

Ideally, you should have at least one modern smartphone/mobile device and one laptop/desktop device. However, if you are unsure about your device, and are interested in the program, we still encourage you to apply.

Yes. Because this is a 100% remote and online program, you must have a dependable broadband connection. If you are challenged economically to afford a fast, consistent connection, please let us know. If dependable broadband is not available in your area, unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate you.

This is not a job placement opportunity. However, upon graduation, you may be invited to join the Testlio Network as a freelancer. You may also be asked to become a part-time or full-time contractor with Testlio.

You are free to leave the program before graduation. Testlio Ignite does not force students to stay for the duration of the program. However, scholarship grants will also stop at the moment of departure.

The process is as follows:

  • Applying to the Testlio Ignite program is a two-step process: (1) Apply through the Testlio website, and (2) participate in a 1-on-1 video conference interview if selected as a finalist. Application acceptance runs from Mar. 26 – Mar. 29.
  • Once accepted into the Ignite program, participants commit to 3 months of training that includes being on-boarded to the Testlio Platform and participating in weekly learning initiatives and meetings.
  • After passing all checkpoints leading up to the end of the 3 month training period, participants graduate from the program with a certificate of completion.
  • Post graduation, participants may have the opportunity to work with Testlio as a freelancer or contractor.

We review all written applications and then select a group of finalists based on a combination of their specific challenges, their reasons for applying, and their potential for program success. We interview all finalists to understand their motivation, circumstances, and potential Testlio Values alignment. After interviews, we select and notify successful participants. We anticipate interviewing 20-30 candidates for ~10 program slots.

The team at Testlio started Ignite in 2020 based on our desire to make a difference in the world. The 2024 program will be our 4th Ignite class. We are 100% funding this initiative with no expectations other than to do what feels right to us as a group of humans—and as a company.

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