Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and CodeX are co-developing a skills development programme to equip South African youth with the skills required to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution economy.
The initial class of the one-year coding programme—which is designed to address the country’s key economic growth imperatives, including unemployment—consists of 21 non-degreed and unemployed youth who are based in Cape Town and have passed matric. They were selected following a two-week activation in underprivileged communities and an online boot camp that determined aptitude and identified those with a learning mindset.
“As one of the country’s digital accelerators, we are witnessing a resurgence in demand for custom, bespoke software development skills within larger enterprises,” said Vukani Mngxati, CEO for Accenture South Africa. “This demand places an additional strain on the country's already limited pool of qualified and experienced Java engineers, whom Accenture also needs for its own projects with clients. It’s vital that we develop adaptable and transferable skills that prepare youth for the dynamic workplace of the future and remain applicable as jobs and industries evolve."
CodeX has expertise in designing and implementing rapid software training programmes that focus on digital transformation. The CodeX model and methodology are a great fit with Accenture's objectives, as the modular, robust training platform is elastic and can easily accommodate new content.
Accenture will offer access to its facilities around the country to scale the project to other major centres, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Free State and the North West. Enrolled students will be able to sign up and access the platform remotely, enabling them to complete the first module from anywhere in the country before progressing to the practical phase, for which they need to attend classes in person.
“I am delighted that a startup and a large global brand will seek to solve our country’s number one challenge,” said Michael Jordaan, CodeX’s co-founder. “My hope is that we can scale fast to effectively tackle unemployment in South Africa.”
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