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Call for software graduates to enter upskilling programme

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Samsung SA and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct are looking for the next group of local youth to join its software development skills programme.

The next instalment of the App Factory Internship Programme, which was introduced earlier this year, will kick-off on 4 January 2021.

The upskilling internship programme seeks to improve the state of software development in SA, by giving seven interns an opportunity to work with a senior developer over the period.

In a statement, the electronics giant describes it as an essential learning ground for teaching the language of technology, which is coding.

For nine months, interns will get a chance to work with experienced senior developers to grow their competence and hone their skills.

“This is an immense platform for empowering deserving, previously disadvantaged youth,” says Hlubi Shivanda, director for business operations, innovation and corporate affairs at Samsung SA. “Aligned with our global mission of ‘enabling people’, from here they can launch careers that place them at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.”

“Since embarking on the programme in February this year, the outgoing cohort of interns say they have gained essential hands-on experience and unique insight into software development as a career, as well as an understanding of the demands of the wider industry.”

Potential candidates must be graduates who are able to demonstrate their ability to code in C#, Java and C++ and are familiar with object-oriented principles.

The programme will cover C#, ASP.NET Webforms, ASP.NET MVC, Angular, JavaScript and other software-related topics. Successful candidates will be paid a stipend for the duration of the internship.

Tshimologong Precinct chief executive Lesley Donna Williams says: “The programme offers invaluable experience for graduates at a crucial point in the very beginning of their careers. Many graduates do not have the necessary experience to land their first job as a software developer.

“Through the Samsung collaboration, Tshimologong aims to develop and grow seven more, talented graduates by bridging the knowledge and experience gap under the mentorship of a senior developer to ultimately make them more employable at the end of the nine months.”

Interested candidates are invited to e-mail a CV and covering letter to internship@tshimologong.joburg by 18 December.

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