Absa and Digital Academy to help young South Africans with digital skills

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Absa in partnership with Digital Academy have created a programme that allows young software developers to grow technically and solve problems with innovative solutions.

According to IT Web, each year the Digital Academy takes on students who are trained for six months. Those who want to join the programme should have completed matric and have a foundation in coding and a passion for technology.

“We need to train and develop a skilled workforce that has the ability to take part in the digital revolution, which is one of the reasons that our partnership with Digital Academy is so important. Furthermore, we believe that together we have the ability to bring possibilities to life and that hand-in-hand we can play a shaping role in society,” said manager for young talent and citizenship at Absa, Lee-Anne Wyman.

The  participants in the internship work in stimulated software development environments, which encourage digital product innovation in Africa and allow skills to be aligned to industry demand, the Academy explains.

Since the inception of the programme 178 interns have been placed at Absa as part of the work based experience component of the internship. 12 are current interns, 85 have been placed permanently and 41 have been placed on fixed term contracts.

“We are dedicated to equipping the youth with the tools, knowledge and skills that they need in order to have a voice in the development of products and services of the future. Digital skills are among the most in demand from the employers, and programmes such as our rapid internship programme helps alleviate the problem,” adds managing director and co-founder of Digital Academy, Gary Bannatyne.

For more information on how to apply go to Digital Academy.

[Source – IT Web]
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Nokulunga Xala

Nokulunga Xala

Nokulunga is a tech journalist focused on the education space, with an interest in gadgets and podcasts. She also has an eye for all things fashion and beauty, is a big time foodie and loves fast cars.