Samsung South Africa has announced its Research and Development (R&D) Academy Project in partnership with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Microsoft. The Academy, through its Future-Innovation Lab, aims to provide youth with the opportunity to gain skills in software development and digital social innovation.
Unemployed matriculants and graduates with a strong interest in software development and innovation who are prepared to work hard can benefit from this programme. Mathematics and some software development experience would be beneficial but is not compulsory.
This is a 6-months programme that will focus on the development of software development skills and portfolios that can open doors to employment or further training, the development of transferable skills and experience in digital social innovation, and fostering of pathways into industry networks.
“We believe our EEIP strategy will help alleviate the many challenges the nation faces. This exciting stage of the rollout through the R&D Academy affirms our commitment to growing South Africa through education and we have dedicated the necessary resources and time to create possibilities, which were once merely a dream,” says Hlubi Shivanda, Director: Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa.
In addition to the six-month development experience, Samsung and UWC partnered with the Microsoft AppFactory to deliver an advanced nine-month software development programme to address the gap of high-demand software skills. The target group for this programme is more experienced software developers who lack practical or work experience. The programme aims to facilitate hands-on, real-world experience through creativity and fun in a learning and working environment.
“UWC is honoured to enter into this partnership that will, undoubtedly prepare students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The University takes pride in empowering and growing the skill set of the communities it serves. We, therefore, look forward to the new projects and co-operation between Samsung, Microsoft and DTI,” says UWC Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Pretorius.
The Future-Innovation Lab (commencing on the 16th of September 2019) is open to 40 students, who will be supported with stipends. Interested youth are invited to submit applications by the 16th of August 2019. To apply click on this link: http://bit.ly/FutureInnovation-apply. For more information please visit the project website at: https://www.wcapecolab.org/future-innovation-lab.