Microsoft, Andela to train developers from Kenya and Nigeria on Azure platform




Microsoft 4Afrika and Andela have partnered to implement the ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training 2020 to up-skill developers in Kenya and Nigeria through an immersive program where selected developers will work to learn basic skills in Azure, via the LinkedIn Learning platform.

The program is focused on training software engineers in learning the basics of Azure, a public cloud computing platform created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. The ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training is open to anyone looking to grow their Azure software development skills and keen to learn with a community of technologists.

At the end of the program, developers are expected to among things: have a proficiency for Azure technologies; have the opportunity to be shortlisted to redeem Microsoft Azure certification exam voucher; possess improved competency in their existing skills.

The program seeks to engage 3,000 developers in the two countries and will run until the end of June 2020. The learning will be divided into batches of 1,000 learners at a time to allow for full mentor support to all participants. The call for applications kicked off on May 15, 2020 and all interested applicants can apply online.

The closing date for applications is on Monday May 25, 2020.

Applicants are required to be above 18 years of age, be willing to dedicate 10-15 hours for the length of the program, be proficient in English, and have at least a year plus of software development experience.

“Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favourite tools and frameworks.  With Microsoft’s recent investments in Africa with a datacenter in South Africa, Azure is shaping up to change the face of the African continent,” said Lawrence Muthoga, MEA Developer Audience Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 4Afrika.

Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is Microsoft’s business and market development engine in Africa that aims to unlock and accelerate Africa’s potential to create technology not only for the continent but for the world. It works with developers, startups, students, interns and graduates to upskill Africans in Microsoft technologies.

The program will be run by Andela, through the Andela Learning Community, which has tested and proven learning science principles relating to learner groups, transparent output tracking, and robust support communities to up-skill software developers at scale across Africa.

“At Andela, through the Andela Learning Community, we are committed to working with Microsoft in supporting the growth of tech talent across the continent. We are excited for the opportunity this partnership brings and look forward to engaging with software engineers in Kenya and Nigeria,” said Lina Ng’inja, Talent Partnerships Manager, Andela.

Andela has over the last three years led the Andela Learning Community with various strategic partnerships including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Pluralsight and Udacity, thereby supporting more than 60,000 aspiring and experienced developers across Africa. The partnership with Microsoft furthers the commitment to cultivate and grow engineering talent on the continent.

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