In a bid to increase Africa’s software development skills, the Digital Academy has launched in South Africa.
Launched in collaboration with Barclays Africa Group, the academy will train amateur software developers in a year-long internship, which will see them create commercially viable products for the bank.
Each year, the academy will host 4 groups of 30 motivated young people with a raw talent for web and software development, and train them on practical StreetDev – the hands-on skill that is severely needed in the real web development world.
According to Evans Munyuki, Head of Digital, Retail and Business Banking, Barclays Africa, “The rapid internship, for a start, has been designed to identify talents and fast track opportunities and success for the individuals involved. Together, we will handpick and develop some of the most talented young black developers with the intention of changing the face of the digital innovation business development economy in Africa.”
The training will last for three months, after which software developers are either supported as entrepreneurs, recruited internally or by Barclays.
Barclays Africa aims to launch digital academies in other African countries, and also create an all-female unit for young African women who are interested in being software developers.