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Digital Geekaship looking for next generation of hotshot developers


Johannesburg, 12 Aug 2016
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* Applications now open for the 2017 internship programme.
* Call to South African graduates to apply and improve skills and employability.

With over 16 years' experience in software development, Tania van Wyk De Vries, founder and CEO of software development and training company, Infoware Studios, knows first-hand what it takes to thrive in the world of software development. Frustrated by the level of technical skills students have coming out of tertiary institutions, Van Wyk De Vries launched "Digital Geekaship" in 2014.

The annual internship programme, Digital Geekaship, is designed to fast-track the growth path of graduates by upskilling them on the latest technologies, methodologies and soft skills, enabling them to work on real-world development projects and connecting them to potential employers. University and technical vocational and education training (TVET) graduates and undergraduates can apply to be considered for the programme, which covers six development areas:

1. Agile software development using the Scrum methodology.
2. Technical software development skills in a programming language of the interns' choice, including software development practices and principles.
3. Testing: end-to-end manual functional testing.
4. Business analysis: definition of requirements using agile techniques.
5. Scrum master: deep dive in being a good Scrum master.
6. Personal development focused on soft skills required to be a productive team member.

Applications for the 2017 programme are open to all graduates in South Africa and interested applicants have until 30 October 2016 to apply. Interviews will take place in Johannesburg between 1 September 2016 and 30 November 2016. Participation in the programme is free, but the attendees need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

According to Van Wyk De Vries, South Africa's tertiary institutions have curricula that are out of touch with what the workplace requires. The exponential rate of change and pace of innovation happening in the ICT sector is widening the skills gap between what our tertiary institutions are producing and the skills that companies need to build productive capacity.

Companies outsource software development projects to Digital Geekaship on a commercial basis for the interns, trainers and mentors to work on, which helps with real work experience that the student gets to add to his/her CV, and introduces the student to a network of companies. The programme is also a talent pool for organisations looking to employ software developers, testers or business analysts. Or, alternately, a creative hub for like-minded techies who want to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

For more information about the programme and to apply, visit http://www.digitalgeekaship.co.za/apply or contact the graduate programme administrator, Mogkadi Ntlhane, via e-mail on info@digitalgeekaship.co.za.

Digital Geekaship

Digital Geekaship is a software development training and internship programme created to bridge the widening skills gap between tertiary qualifications and what today's modern workplace requires. It's managed by Infoware Studios, a South African-based software development and training company. The programme is open to all talented ICT graduates in South Africa who want to increase their chances of employability by improving their software development skills and understanding of latest software development methodologies, gain invaluable work experience from real life projects, benefit from mentorship, learn the importance of soft skills in the workplace, and by connecting with companies that look to Digital Geekaship for software developers, business analysts and testers to employ.

For more information, please visit www.digitalgeekaship.co.za or www.infowarestudios.co.za.

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