WeThinkCode_ seeks partners to place interns through its SME Placement Programme

November 23, 2020 in Developer, Opportunity, Technical, Training and development
A WeThinkCode_ class in action

WeThinkCode_ courses are free to students, no prior coding experience is required and a Matric is optional.

WeThinkCode_ is seeking small and medium company partners to join its SME Placement Programme, which places its students as interns in partner companies during their work placement period.  

 
The programme is aimed specifically at SMEs that need skilled junior software developers who can assist in-house technical staff during two work placements. An added advantage is that partner companies have first option to hire graduates on completion of their studies.
 
Students enter the SME Placement Programme with their tuition fees, valued at R100 000 per learner, already sponsored.  All the SME partner companies have to pay is the internship stipend. 
 
The programme is a win-win for both the SME, which needs additional resources for its digital projects and the students, who need vital on the job experience,” says Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode_.
 
Certain conditions apply: partners need to be registered companies with 250 or fewer employees and turnover of under R85-million a year. Partner companies must also have a senior technical resource to support the students. There are two internship periods during the course – three months from March to May of 2021 and four months from February to May, 2022. The stipulated internship stipend is R7 000 per month.  
 
The skill sets that a WeThinkCode_ intern brings to the business will enable them to add value, for example, in the following areas:
• Working with the existing software development teams to enhance and extend existing custom software, particularly if you have Python or Java codebases;
• Extend or write tests for your codebase;
• Write documentation;
• Investigate and experiment with new tools and technologies that the existing team may not have the capacity to do.
 
The students should be matched with a senior tech person in the company. Continuous learning is encouraged, with the peer-to-peer, practical, pedagogy ensuring that students are primed to pick up new programming languages quickly.
 
Full time employment for the current group of students begins on 1 June, 2022 and hosting SME partners have first right to hire on a minimum one year commitment after the student’s graduation at the end of the programme.
 
Each year, WeThinkCode_ trains 300 talented young South Africans to become highly skilled software developers in a two-year programme and the internship phases are an essential part of the course.  
 
“We are all about finding top talent, no matter where they are from or what they have done before. Our course is completely cost-free to students, no prior coding experience is required and a Matric is optional,” Samushonga says.
 
“We work closely with big players in the tech industry, many of whom are corporate sponsors and fund the programmes. In this way, WeThinkCode_ ensures that the training offered is up-to-the-minute by using cutting-edge technologies that solve today’s problems. The approach to facilitating the learning experience is dynamic and future-forward,” she adds.
 
WeThinkCode_ has an enviable record of success in training software programmers. “Our junior software developers have a 98% graduate employment rate, with our alumni working in more than 55 leading South African businesses at present,” Samushonga concludes.
 
Applications for interns close on 30 November 2020 on a first-come-first-serve basis. The matching process will kick off in December 2020 with interviews held in January, 2021. The first work placement will be from 1 March, 2021 to 31 May, 2021, and the second from 1 February, 2022 to 31 May, 2022.  Full-time employment begins on 1 June, 2022. 
 
For more information and to apply to join the SME Placement Programme, go to https://www.wethinkcode.co.za/sme-form

Sasol is offering young women bursaries to pursue STEM careers

March 6, 2020 in News, Training and development
Sasol Bursary recipients

Applications close 30 April

 Johannesburg, South Africa – According to UNESCO, less than 30 percent of the world’s scientific researchers and only 35 percent of students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in higher education are women.

“This is a startling statistic, but it also means there are incredible opportunities for women to enter the STEM fields at this exciting time, where technology continues to transform the way we live,” says Monica Luwes, Manager of Graduate Centre at Sasol Corporate Bursary Services, adding that career fields in STEM are regarded as the driving force behind technological transformation and innovation and will be among the highest-paying in the future.

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2020 on March 8, Sasol is encouraging young women to harness their potential by entering STEM fields thereby contributing to the development of much-needed critical skills in the country and to help grow the economy.

To support this next generation of female leaders and innovators in STEM, Sasol is offering and encouraging female learners to apply for its all-inclusive bursary programme that focuses on STEM-related courses at a tertiary level.

“Women are valuable to the world of STEM, and at Sasol we are proud to encourage and enable them to harness this potential giving them the opportunity to kick off and succeed in careers in these fields,” says Luwes. “There is no limit to what they can achieve and if we ignite the STEM spark in our young women, we help generations of women to come.”

Lehlogonolo Letshela, who is studying for a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town through the Sasol bursary, was attracted to a career in STEM for the value it would bring to her life long-term, and her community. “I have always loved maths and science, and fortunately throughout my school life I’ve had teachers encouraging me to pursue these subjects,” says Letshela. “Young women need great mentors, and I’m hoping I can bring value to them and the community around me.”

Another bursary recipient, Zaina Abrahams, who is studying for a BEng in Mechanical at the University of Cape Town says that she’s always dreamed big of one day working in the science field, and thanks to Sasol, whose enabled her to pursue her dream. “Aside from offering just financial support, Sasol really offers a hand-in-hand ‘partnership’ through their bursar support programme,” said Abrahams. “From offering tutors, to making psychologists and specialists available when we need help, this bursary goes way beyond just the numbers, and enables us to harness our full potential.”

The Sasol bursary is open to learners who are planning to study towards a B Eng or BSc Eng in various engineering disciplines or for a BSc in Chemistry, Geology or Metallurgy. The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, meals, textbooks and pocket money. Bursars also receive allowances for study tools such as laptops and calculators, and financial and career assistance as part of the Graduate Development Programme.

To apply:

Applications close 30 April 2020.

Woman in Tech of the Week: Lindiwe Matlali

May 14, 2018 in Brand Manager, CEO, Entrepreneur, Founder, Profiles, Training and development, Woman of the Week

Woman in Tech of the Week: Lindiwe Matlali

Name: Lindiwe Matlali

Designation: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Africa Teen Geeks

What do you do every day? I spend an hour or two every day keeping up with tech news on Techcrunch and MIT Tech Review.  Staying informed is very important.  “I also make a list of the top three things I must get done each day.  I also make a list of the three things that must be achieved each month and each week to ensure that we remain focused and committed to our strategic goals.

How did you get into the tech space? I didn’t study technology at University. I got involved in tech because I saw the need to expose children from disadvantaged communities to tech not only as consumers but as creators too. I believe that the difference between a child born in Sandton and a child born in Diepsloot is lack of opportunity not intelligence. My passion is to close the opportunity gap and hopefully inspire the next Mark Shuttleworth or Elon Musk.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? My grandfather told me to never compare my weakness to other people’s strength. Consistency can achieve more than intelligence. I need both to succeed.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? My advice for anybody wanting to get into the tech sector is to just do it. There are may free resources now available for one to learn how to code from Edx, cousera and others. All it takes is commitment and determination. In as little as three months you can be a software engineer. 

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? I am motivated by the impact we have made so far. We have children who before joining ATG had never touched a computer but now are writing a Java code and coding robots. They now have dreams to be the next Mark Shuttleworths. Instead of looking up to celebrities, they now have raised their aspirations and see themselves as the youth who could change the world one day. That for me is what inspires me and help me get up in the morning even when things are tough. Knowing that in my small way, I am making a difference.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? I would like to teach one day. I am furthering my studies torwards my dream of becoming a University lecturer within the next 5 years.

Twitter: @LindiweEM

Blog: https://medium.com/@lindimatlali

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindiwematlali/

 

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Applications for MEST Class of 2019 close February 15 in South Africa

February 13, 2018 in Training and development

Applications for MEST Africa‘s fully sponsored 1-year entrepreneurial training program are closing for aspiring South African entrepreneurs on 15th February. Interested applicants have three more days to apply to join the class of 2019 and build global tech businesses alongside successful graduates like Qisimah’s Sakhile Xulu.

Following the graduation of its first cohort of South African Entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) in August 2017, MEST Africa launched an incubator space in Cape Town, South Africa, and Lagos, Nigeria, in November 2017, in an effort to further solidify its presence in key markets for tech and entrepreneurial talent on the continent.

Today, MEST accepts EITs from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire, all of whom come together for a 1-year intensive training program in Accra, Ghana, with a goal of building globally successful software companies and joining the Pan-African network of MEST incubators to further grow their businesses.

“We’re extremely excited to continue to show our commitment to the South African market with the launch of our new incubator space and the 2018 ZA recruitment drive. Cape Town is certainly home to an enormous amount of ambitious tech talent with massive potential, and we are working towards delivering access to opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs from across the region,” said MEST Managing Director Aaron Fu. “Through our pan-African training program, we want to enable the collaboration and interaction and thus make trans-Africa startups happen more.”

Successful applicants will spend a year at MEST HQ in Accra starting from August 2018, taking part in an intensive entrepreneurial training program centred around business, communications and software development. Training includes extensive hands-on project work and the opportunity to be mentored by successful entrepreneurs, CEO’s and other executives from all over Silicon Valley and Europe. The program culminates in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed investment and grow a tech business as part of the Pan-African network of MEST incubators in Lagos, Accra, Nairobi and Cape Town. Applications for South Africa close February 15, 2018.

Since inception, MEST has invested over $20million in training more than 400 individual entrepreneurs and invested in 40+ technology companies from across Africa. MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local, regional and global markets, received follow-on funding from global investors, and gotten into top accelerator programs such as Y-combinator, 500 startups and TechStars.

To learn more about the MEST offering and what makes an ideal candidate, visit http://meltwater.org/get-involved/become-an-eit/

Application Process: