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Google is looking for thousands of Africans who want to learn to code

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Google is looking for thousands of people from anywhere in Africa who want to learn to code. The online behemoth has promised to train 100,000 African « aspiring new developers » to build websites and Android applications, and be Google Cloud experts.

The only requirement for applicants is that they must be from an African country, including South Africa, and be at least 18 years old.

The Google training is online, so a decent internet connection is also required.

The courses on offer do not include Google certification exams – but do provide a grounding for those who intend to ultimately take the Associate Cloud Engineer (ACE), Mobile Web Specialist (MWS), or Associate Android Developer (AAD) exams.

Some students can qualify for grants to take those exams (which normally cost in the region of R2,000) for free, and there is also the chance of joining Google partner company Andela as a software engineer.

Applications for the web and Android developer tracks, and for a course towards becoming a Google Cloud engineer, are open via training partner Pluralsight.

Applications close on 15 May – but criteria for selection may include « first come, first serve ».

* This article has been updated to remove an incorrect link to, and details relating to, Google’s 2018 scholarship program, including an incorrect deadline. Business Insider regrets the error.



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