• Are you a smart female developer? If your answer is an affirmative, a highly competitive training program in Kenya is looking for you.

    With only four days to go, Andela Kenya is waiting for you to make your application for the all-female Andela Kenya Fellow Class VII.

    “To all Kenyan women who have a passion for learning, a love for technology, and the drive to become world-class software developers — we want you to apply,” the call for application reads.

    Founded on the principle “that brilliance is evenly distributed”, Andela focuses on attracting top female talent to help build the world’s next generation of female tech leaders.

    According to Andela co-founder Christina Sass, the company gives preferences to recruiting and retaining top female talent as a personal and a company-wide priority, CNN reported. “We've conducted all-female recruitment cycles and classes in Lagos, Nigeria and are now starting a similar initiative in Kenya," said Sass.

    She added that 18 percent of women applicants have been accepted in Lagos and Nairobi combined. Their latest class in Lagos accepted 25 percent women, which is an improvement and hopes to continue advancing. “Bringing women into career paths is a passion of mine and a priority supported throughout Andela," Sass added.

    How does it work?

    Andela offers you a four-year paid Technical Leadership program designed to shape you into an elite software developer. Through your training and work with top global technology companies, you’ll master the professional and technical skills needed to become a technology leader, both on the continent and around the world.

    To qualify, one has to undergo a rigorous selection process which starts with an online aptitude test.

    Thereafter, the candidates have to complete a self-study software course. The third step involves in-person interviews, which is followed by the final leg but most challenging part of the competition- a two-week boot camp. The full-time training is offered at an Andela campus led by senior developers.

    In the past, developers have been placed with companies like Microsoft and IBM, as well as up-and-coming start-ups, all while being based in Africa.

    Once placed with a company, Andela ensures that the new hires meet their employers for two weeks. During this time, the new employees get to know the culture and meet the team.

    Although they're not based in the same country, the developers work to the company's hours, and take part in group discussions and meeting through instant messaging channels.

    "With a reliable Internet connection, a world-class developer can add value remotely from wherever in the world they happen to be," Andela co-founder Iyinoluwa Aboyeji told CNN.

    In the next 10 years, the company says they have the vision to train 100,000 elite developers.


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