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Recently launched by industry veterans such as tech journalist and TV producer Elizabeth Gould, former FNB CEO Michael Jordaan, serial entrepreneur and engineer Dave Weber and Cara Turner, CodeX wants to bridge the gap for Africa’s growing demand for coders.
“It’s critically important for our up-and-coming talent to learn what the industry demands, in real time,” said Chairman Michael Jordaan. “The best way to do that is to build the curriculum in close collaboration with the people doing the hiring.”
For those seeking a job in the tech industry, CodeX will consist of a 9 to 5 apprenticeship programme where developers do daily coding exercises, talks with industry professionals and mentors. They will also be able to pay off the course fees by working at partnered tech companies.
Organisations seeking to sponsor CodeX’s crop of developers, on the other hand, will get access to programmers’ skills and development process.
Companies both local and international such as Google, GetSmarter, Rethink Education, Mxit, Silicon Cape, Ogilvy, and FireID have partnered with CodeX.
The programme wants to be the answer to Africa’s software development needs. The programme will groom and train young learners in Africa that will build new software products “in a fraction of the time it takes to get a university degree”, notes the company.
“I travel all across the continent interviewing the companies building Africa’s digital future, and the most common thing they ask is if I know any developers for them to hire,” says Gould.
The programme costs R25 000 per three month term though the are sponsorships available. For more information about signing up see the website’s application page.