Tech evangelist company Neutrinos has launched a development programme aimed at teaching ICT skills to young South Africans.
The programme, which Neutrinos has called The Winds Of Change, is part of company founder Samik Ghosh’s plan to build an application development platform allowing anyone who wishes to build an app to be enabled to do so. On a wider scale, Ghosh is hoping the programme can take a sizeable step towards eradicating poverty through education.
The platform has already proved a success with bigger enterprises, which is why Neutrinos says its decided to focus its efforts more on “the bottom [of the skills] pyramid.”
The Winds Of Change programme will initially take in 15 applicants as interns (both matriculants and non-matriculants aged between 18 and 23, male and female) and put them through training. The selection process will be very detailed and successful applicants will go through a three month programme during which time they’ll be mentored, taught ICT skills and go self-development training. During this time, they will also be paid a stipend.
After this period, Neutrinos will turn to its partners in the business sector to secure work placement positions for its graduates in order to give them practical exposure and experience.
It’s Neutrinos hope that other corporate entities and private individuals will weigh in to help with its efforts or start similar programmes. It’s certainly a bold initiative but given the lack of skills currently facing the ICT sector, one could argue it’s needed.