Our mission at WeThinkCode_ is to source and develop South Africa’s digital talent. Our objective is two fold: firstly to deliver our country’s human potential and secondly, to meet the increasing demand for software engineering skills.
We achieve this through providing young talent with world-class training in software engineering through our partnership with outstanding Ecole 42 (based in Paris and Silicon Valley) as well as equipping our students with the life skills necessary to thrive in their communities and in the workplace.
WeThinkCode_ has implemented in South Africa a revolutionary education model, first of its kind in Africa. We are democratising education by making our course tuition-free, open and accessible to all talented youth regardless of previous education or financial means. Furthermore, we are challenging the traditional model of teachers and classes by focusing on peer-to-peer, problem-solving learning principles.
This two-year intensive programme has proven to bridge the tech skills gap between academia and the industry by turning out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, who have gained work experience and have a problem solving mindset.
We know that in order to achieve our mission to develop South Africa’s digital talent, coding alone will not be enough to train the designers of our future world. This is why we are investing into building the human potential of our coders, equipping them with the life skills necessary to become future tech leaders.
Last but not least, partnering with corporates is a key success factor of our model. Tuition-free, our two-year course is sponsored by companies looking to go digital and secure tech talent pipelines. Corporate partners provide financial support, skills development and a path to employment for our students. In return, students pledge to complete two 4-month internships with Corporate Sponsors and work for the sponsor at the end of their studies. Our founding corporate sponsors are FNB, BBD and Derivco.
WeThinkCode_ launched the first campus in Johannesburg CBD early 2016 with a first cohort of 120 students. We plan to welcome 200 new students in 2017.
We believe in the incredible potential of our youth to become the designers of South Africa’s future. Now is the time to invest in their potential in order to equip these talented young people with skills for the future. If we don’t believe in, and back these coders of tomorrow, we will waste an extraordinary opportunity.
Co-Founders of WeThinkCode_ :