Youth are being given the opportunity to get a recognised coding qualification for free.
Software programming training academy WeThinkCode is providing opportunities for youth to join the digital world.
The academy, which operates campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town, recently opened its Durban campus and is offering KwaZulu-Natal youth 100 places in a free two-year software course which starts in July.
WeThinkCode’s CEO Nyaradzai Samushonga says the academy is open to everyone.
She adds that South Africa has a vast pool of untapped talent with the ability to be trained in technology.
“At the same time, our youth unemployment is among the highest in the world. Our plans are based on the desire to give more South Africans the opportunity to join the digital world and help build the country’s technology skills capability.”
The academy is also committed to ensuring that more women take up opportunities in software programming.
“We aim to increase the number of women programmers on our course each year. Our target is for women to exceed 40% of our 600-strong student contingent,” says Samushonga.
She adds that finding candidates with the right aptitude and attitude is crucial, and the academy uses a new approach to identify youth with the required skills.
“These are individuals that would otherwise be overlooked by traditional selection methods. The academy enjoys a 98% employment rate of graduates, at average annual starting salaries of R240 000 a year. We are refining our selection process to reduce the number of young people who drop out of the programme.”
Those who successfully complete the programme qualify with an NQF Level 5 National Certificate Information Technology (Systems Development).
How to apply
Anyone between the ages of 17 and 35, who is able to study full-time for two years, can apply.
The candidate does not need an education
qualification or coding experience.
To apply, go to wethinkcode.co.za