Digital skills are becoming increasingly valuable around the world but more so in South Africa.

Whether its digital transformation leading to more developers being needed, or IT staff being in high demand, digital skills can be incredibly valuable.

As such, Samsung and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have partnered up for the Future-Innovation Lab programme which will run for six months.

The programme will focus on the developing software development skills while participants build their portfolios that can be used for further training, or employment.

The programme will also focus on the development of transferable skills and experience in digital social innovation.

The Future-Innovation Lab programme forms part of Samsung’s Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP) unveiled in May 2019. The EEIP boasts a kitty of R280 million earmarked for projects focused on education, such as the Future-Innovation Lab programme.

“We believe our EEIP strategy will help alleviate the many challenges faced by the country’s youth. This exciting stage of the rollout through the R&D Academy affirms our commitment to growing South Africa through education, and we have dedicated the necessary resources and time to create possibilities, which were once merely a dream,” says director for the Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa, Hlubi Shivanda.

It’s not just the Future-Innovation Lab Samsung has launched as part of its EEIP.

Together with UWC and Microsoft AppFactory, Samsung will present an advanced software development programme. This will run for nine months and is targeted at advanced software developers who don’t have real world or work experience.

“The University of the Western Cape, as an engaged university, aims to make research count for the communities it serves. We value the importance of this initiative which will empower and prepare students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said deputy vice-chancellor at UWC, Josè Frantz.

The Future-Innovation Lab will host 40 students over the six months including Sibisiso Labi who tells his story and why this programme is so important in the video below.