Samsung expands much-needed investment in its software development program – Samsung Newsroom South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – March 30, 2022 – The Samsung-Sponsored App Factory and Future Innovation Software Development program has just received additional investment, which will further fuel its large-scale efforts to increase the number of experienced software developers in the country. Samsung South Africa has announced immediate and additional funding for this jobs initiative for 2022, which is a core part of its extensive R280 million EEIP programme. The objective is to help graduates who struggle to find a job when their higher education does not cover sufficient theoretical and practical training. Sponsored graduates will now be equipped with expertise and knowledge that appeals to potential employers, and in this way the program can make a significant difference in the ICT sector in South Africa.

The Samsung-sponsored AppFactory, in partnership with Microsoft, is a 9-month internship program run by Tshimologong Digital Precinct and the University of the Western Cape. Over the past two years, Samsung has invested in 49 selected interns with a higher IT qualification who can work with a senior developer to develop their skills. The Senior Developer’s sole responsibility is to focus full-time on the growth of the interns by providing them with the right mentorship and guiding them on real-world projects. Interns are exposed to high-intensity and fast-paced learning during the apprenticeship period, allowing them to gain invaluable industry experience.

The Future Innovation Program targets unemployed students with an aptitude for software development. This 6-month internship program provides disadvantaged young people with expertise in software development and digital social innovation so that they too can access the digital economy. The result at the end of the program is a much better understanding of the digital ecosystem and the potential pathways of opportunity within it,

With a total software development investment over 10 years of R94 million, the program provides a full scholarship to students which includes equipment, stipend and tuition. To date, 311 unemployed young people have participated in the R&D program with 226 students already proud to have graduated, ready to take their place in the local ICT sector where these skills are in high demand. Importantly, the program has also attracted female graduates, who are integral to the future growth of the sector.

Lindiwe Mncwabe, who is doing an internship at the Samsung App Factory, is already reaping the rewards. She now has a job at BMW as a java developer, a role that may have seemed impossible, but which she fully embraced. Raised in Soweto, her credentials and experience with technology were limited until she was accepted into the program. It is with great enthusiasm that she declares: “I would like to become one of the most sought-after female developers in the country and, in the future, have my own technology company. I now dream of one day being able to hire young black women and help them hone their craft, for long-term success”

“Samsung is thrilled to see how our training programs such as the App Factory, as well as internships are making a difference. qualified interns can contribute to local and global growth while achieving personal success.This internally-focused approach allows students to develop their skills and sharpen their skills, and serves as a solid foundation for graduates to continue to grow and to help shape the fourth industrial revolution,” said Hlubi Shivanda, Director of Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa.

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