Application Deadline: 20th Feb for the first Bootcamp & 20th March for the second Bootcamp
Do you love solving problems? Are you passionate about technology? Do you need experience to land your dream job in IT?
WeThinkCode_ is an outstanding two-year training program in computer programming based in Johannesburg CBD. Tuition-free, the course is 100% sponsored by companies such as FNB, Dimension Data, BBD and Derivo, which will also provide internship and job opportunities to deserving students.
There are no teachers, no classes, no books. You will learn to program by coding and solving programming problems 10 hours a day, 6 days a week with yours peers at our Johannesburg campus in the CBD.
To get in you don’t need any diploma. We believe that regardless of your previous education, where you grew up, what you know or what you have done, you could be #BornToCode! Do you have what it takes? There is one way to find out, sign up now and play our application games.
WeThinkCode_ has three founding sponsors; First National Bank (FNB), BBD and Derivco. Other corporate sponsors include: Dimension Data, Platform45, IQ Business, Allan Gray, Nando’s, L’Oreal, UCS, Times Media Group, Amrod, Cerebra, iPlatform, Moneyweb, Parcel Ninja, Student Village, Tarrific and Synaq.
- WeThinkCode_ is open to anyone between the age of 17 and 35.
- You don’t need any previous education, not even matric is required. You need to able to attend our campus in Johannesburg and be eligible to study and/or work in South Africa.
- WeThinkCode_ aims to produce 100,000 developers in Africa and as such, the course is open to anyone. With that said, if you are not a valid South African citizen, the onus is on you to prove that you have the required visas and legal permissions to live, work and study in South Africa for the duration of the course and your subsequent work obligations.
- The campus is in the Johannesburg CBD. Due to the structure and intensity of the course, you will be required to come to campus everyday. There is no on-campus living.
The Bootcamp is 3-week of intense problem solving and is the last step in your application process.
You will have to come to campus every single day during the Bootcamp (including weekends!), and work for at least 10 hours a day. You will have to work with your fellow students to solve problems through computer programming. The top applicants who successfully make it through the 4-week selection Bootcamp, will be invited to attend WeThinkCode_ full time.
The Bootcamp is hard work, really tough, but so much fun.
Can I do the course part-time?
- No. The peer-to-peer structure of the learning, the breadth of the curriculum and the volume of work required to complete the course successfully means you need to be physically present at the campus at the very least for 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week – and probably a little more.
- There are two 3-week intense selection Bootcamps left from 29th Feb until 20th March and from 4th April until 23rd April . If you pass the aptitude test, you will be asked to choose which Bootcamp you wish to attend. Successful candidates from the Bootcamps will start the course full time in May 2016.
- 120 students will be accepted into the first class of 2016.
- Students are expected to complete the course in approximately 2 years. The work is project based, and it is estimated that most candidates will earn their first 4 month internship after 8 months of full time course work.
- This internship will be followed by a further 8 months (approximately) of course work, in order to qualify for the second and final 4 month internship.
- The course is 100% free for WeThinkCode_ students. Corporate sponsors pay your tuition, and in exchange you will complete two (paid) 4 month internships with them during the course of your studies. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be required to work back the value of your sponsorship (typically 1-2 years) with your sponsor.
- Qualifying students will receive a stipend to cover transport and food until their first paid internship (approximately 8 months into the course). Students are expected to save up whereafter they will be fully responsible for themselves for the duration of the course.
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