Elevating Tech Talent: WeThinkCode_ Attains NQF 6 Occupational Certificate Accredited by QCTO

WeThinkCode_, a leading software development academy, has achieved a remarkable milestone by elevating its accreditation from an NQF 5 to an NQF 6 Occupational Certificate: Software Engineer.

This accreditation underscores WeThinkCode_’s unwavering dedication to providing accessible pathways to quality tertiary education and opening doors to lucrative job opportunities in the tech sector for youth not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

Not only does this advancement boost the employability of WeThinkCode_ graduates, but it also reinforces the academy’s transformative impact on NEET youth, empowering them to sustainably participate in the economy.

From its inception, WeThinkCode_ has been on a mission to revolutionise tech education, breaking down barriers for talented individuals hindered by socio-economic constraints. By empowering NEET youth with a higher qualification, WeThinkCode_ addresses the staggering unemployment rates faced by those without tertiary qualifications, offering a beacon of hope for a brighter future.

“We are immensely proud to announce the elevation of our qualification to an NQF 6 Occupational Certificate in Software Engineering for the incoming cohort of 2024,” stated Nyari Samushonga, CEO at WeThinkCode_. “This accreditation outwardly validates the exceptional skills our graduates possess and the value they bring to tech-driven businesses. Our high placement rates over the past eight years speak volumes about the industry’s recognition and acceptance of our graduates’ capabilities and this boost in accreditation further validates the quality of our developers.”

Furthermore, this advancement enables WeThinkCode_ to broaden its impact by placing graduates in organisations with previously stringent qualification policies, aligning with recognised standards, and meeting the expectations of employers in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

WeThinkCode_’s tailored curriculum and cutting-edge learning management system (LMS), launched in 2020. Created by local and international industry professionals and practitioners, the curriculum and LMS are designed to empower individuals with or without prior coding experience, equipping them with the technical prowess and essential interpersonal skills needed to excel in the workplace.

“We are committed to reshaping perceptions of where high-performing tech talent comes from and securing formal accreditation is key to legitimising our talent pipeline. We are now working to achieve NQF 7, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree,” emphasised Samushonga.

The investment in curriculum development by dedicated partners such as Absa Citizenship, BBD, Caterpillar Foundation, DGMT, ESquared Investments, and GiZ has been pivotal in WeThinkCode_’s journey towards delivering higher accreditation levels for market-relevant skills. There is a collective commitment to creating a more equitable society.

Ayanda Mda, Director of Campuses at WeThinkCode_, highlighted the broader benefits of the NQF 6 Occupational Certificate, emphasising its contribution to the growth and innovation of the tech industry and economy.

WeThinkCode_’s commitment to providing accessible pathways to quality tertiary education ensures that talented individuals from diverse backgrounds can make meaningful contributions to the tech ecosystem. As graduates enter the workforce with enhanced employability and readiness, they bring fresh perspectives and innovative solutions that fuel productivity, creativity, and competitiveness across various industries, ultimately benefiting the economy as a whole.

Source: Digital Street SA