Education And Training

Microsoft SA to upskill 3000 developers through new programme

In an effort to upskill 3000 developers in Gauteng, The Gauteng Department of e-Government has partnered with Microsoft to create the Gauteng Azure Training programme. During the programme, selected individuals will work to learn basic skills in Azure through the Microsoft Learn platform.

The programme will be run by Andela, through the Andela Learning Community. It’s scheduled to run until the end of June 2021, focusing on training software engineers and developers in learning the basics of Microsoft Azure, a cloud platform delivered through Microsoft-managed datacentres comprising more than 200 products and cloud services to help build, run and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises and at the edge.

“As South Africa moves further into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and cloud technology becomes ubiquitous, the Gauteng Provincial Government has recognised the need to accelerate digital transformation and skills development in the province by investing in programmes that empower the youth with relevant, future-ready skills,” said The Gauteng Provincial Government.

The government said that the programme forms part of the provincial broader Township Economy Revitalisation strategy, which aims to ensure significant participation and meaningful inclusion of residents from traditionally underserved areas into the mainstream economy, by creating a platform for digital enablement for communities throughout the province.

The Gauteng Azure Training Programme is open to anyone in the province, looking to grow their Azure software development skills and learn with a community of technologists. At the end of the programme, developers are expected to have proficiency in Azure technologies and have improved competency in their existing technical skills. These learners will also have an opportunity to be shortlisted to redeem a Microsoft Azure certification exam voucher to enrol and complete the exam.

“Building technical skill capability in both individuals and SMMEs is essential for South Africa to navigate rapid and ongoing digital transformation. Digital skills provide an effective tool to address unemployment and drive economic recovery and growth, making it a priority to continue investing in and partnering on critical programmes to harness these skills,” said Sikhumbuzo Ngcobo, Public Sector Director at Microsoft South Africa.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 12 March 2021. Interested candidates can visit:

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