The Innovation Village has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CODEIT Institute of Technology (CIT) to provide software development training to students seeking to improve their skills and a software development career growth in Python, Cloud and Blockchain technologies for a period of 6 months for every cohort.
At the signing of the MoU, the CEO CIT Institute of Technology, Mr Da’shone Hughey noted that the partnership with The Innovation Village marks the first step in many partnerships to come across the East African region. “We are excited to roll out this partnership in Uganda with The Innovation Village, an entity whose vision aligns with ours in exploring the potential of the youth in our communities. We are looking to expand farther to all countries in the East African region. However, our biggest focus is on training low-income earners in high level technology, especially women to ensure that graduates are able to create a generation of wealth through the use of technology.”
According to the Global Micro Database by the UNWomen and World Bank, youths between the ages of 20 to 34 are likely to be poor and without employable skills, women are affected more than men.
CIT stands out as a Software Engineering Education Provider by insisting on pushing the boundaries of technology and has since created a concept of providing software engineering training for, low income unemployed, underemployed, women and other underrepresented groups in the very latest programming languages.
CK Japheth, the Team Lead at The Innovation Village noted the partnership with CIT is very welcome and is in line with the hub’s mission to enable and unlock potential among the youth through the use of technology. He says with such opportunities, youths should pay close attention to how they can create generational wealth and success for other young people.
“We were equally inspired by the unlimited opportunities to tap into that potential while building The Innovation Village. Almost every industry in every business for every function needs software engineering to operate efficiently. We cannot adopt if we have no software developers familiar with the latest technology trends and neither can we integrate our operations through the use of technology. It is the immense opportunities that technologies such as these trainings and the potential among our youth that strengthen our belief in the use of technology and its ability to transform our communities,” he said.
Solomon Opio, the Technology Community Manager at The Innovation Village adding to Japheth remarks, said, “We couldn’t pass up this partnership opportunity especially because the technologies and languages being used are what most developers are interested in. For anyone tech savvy, you would know that Python, Cloud, and Blockchain are the next big thing.”
Japheth encouraged the youth to be shrewd and take up such opportunities and make it count especially in a dynamic world.
The Innovation Village will select trainees for the program, offer them physical meeting space and mentorship. The first 100 participants will be offered free training and a paid internship for those who graduate from the program.
The training will be held online, targeting participants from across Uganda including all the Innovation Village locations in Mbarara, Jinja, Gulu and Kampala. Participants with no access to the internet will meet physically at the Innovation Village hubs whenever they want to.
The program will run for 20 weeks after which participants will make presentations on the products they would have developed during the course of the program. Interested participants can register to this link http://bit.ly/38EsuK6. The training begins in February 2021 with orientation happening on February 5th, 2021.