Azure training initiative seeks 3 000 developers in Gauteng

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Microsoft is inviting 3 000 software engineers and developers in Gauteng to apply for its skills development programme.

Applications for the digital transformation and skills development programme are set to close on Friday, 12 March.

Microsoft is running the Gauteng Azure training programme in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of e-Government, software start-up Andela and Geekulcha.

The software technology company says it aims to upskill developers in the province through the “immersive programme” where selected individuals will work to learn basic skills in Azure, through the Microsoft Learn platform.

According to a statement, the initiative will focus on training software engineers and developers in learning the basics of Microsoft Azure.

It is open to anyone in the province looking to grow their Azure software development skills and learn with a community of technologists.

In addition, the programme will support the participants with a group of 300 volunteer Azure mentors, and they will have an opportunity to be shortlisted to redeem a Microsoft Azure certification exam voucher to enrol and complete the exam.

At the end of the training, Microsoft says developers are expected to have a proficiency in Azure technologies and have improved competency in their existing technical skills.

“Building technical skill capability in both individuals and SMMEs is essential for South Africa to navigate rapid and ongoing digital transformation. Digital skills provide an effective tool to address unemployment and drive economic recovery and growth, making it a priority to continue investing in and partnering on critical programmes to harness these skills,” says Sikhumbuzo Ngcobo, public sector director at Microsoft SA.

Aspirant applicants must be 18 years or older, be willing to dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week for the length of the course, be proficient in English, and should have a passion for learning software development.

Lina Ng’inja, talent partnerships manager at Andela, adds: “At Andela, through the Andela learning community, we are committed to working with Microsoft in supporting the growth of tech talent across the continent. We are excited for the opportunity this partnership brings and look forward to engaging with software engineers in Gauteng.”

Interested candidates can apply here.

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