Momentum Metropolitan has partnered with WeThinkCode_ and MWR InfoSecurity to launch a programme aimed at addressing the under-representation of women in technology by teaching them to code in WeThinkCode_’s two year, tuition free software development training programme .
Established in 2016, WeThinkCode_ has been operating with the vision to empower the exceptional young people of South Africa to thrive as software engineers, irrespective of whether they have prior experience in software development before joining the programme.
This year WeThinkCode_ launched an initiative called WomenThinkCode=, a three-year programme that is aimed at achieving gender parity on WeThinkCode_ campuses by embarking on active steps to recruit more women, ensure retention of women over the two years they are enrolled in the WeThinkCode_ programme and successful absorption into the industry.
- The programme will be designed to inspire young women between the ages of 17 -35 to join the WeThinkCode_ programme
- And support them to graduate and transition into a fulfilling and impactful career. B
The initiative aims to reach more women through alternative recruitment platforms such as NPO networks, mobile assessment units for use in townships, and direct contact with young women. We will retain more women in the programme by setting up a mentorship network that will support them throughout the programme and, hopefully, carry on into their careers.
Around 300 students per year are trained through the WeThinkCode_ programme, and the aim is to have 50% of the 2021 cohort comprised of young women. MWR InfoSecurity, who provide specialist advice in all areas of security, is also a founding funder of the initiative.
To get involved with WeThinkCode programmes, you can visit https://www.wethinkcode.co.za/ to apply.