BCX has launched a R60-million partnership with WeThinkCode, the tuition-free programme designed to educate new software engineers.
“BCX will provide R60 million over three years for WeThinkCode to invest in the next generation of talent in the ICT sector,” said BCX.
“With the support of this BCX investment, WeThinkCode will have more than doubled the number of entry-level coders in the South African market by the end of 2018.”
The funds will be used to expand WeThinkCode’s Johannesburg office and open a new campus in Cape Town in 2017.
“As part of this agreement, BCX and other Telkom Group companies will host 40 interns from WeThinkCode’s innovative educational programme every year for the next three years,” said BCX.
“I’m incredibly inspired by the mission of WeThinkCode,” said Sipho Maseko, Telkom Group CEO.
“Coding skills are a vital component of the new digital economy, and WeThinkCode’s innovative programme is a great way to invest in the future digital minds of South Africa.”
WeThinkCode is open to anyone between the age of 17 and 35, and potential students don’t need any previous education.
Prospective students complete an aptitude test followed by a four-week boot camp, before undertaking a two-year course in programming and coding.