Cell C invests R5 million in data scientist development programme

Almost half of the students enrolled in the programme are Cell C employees.

Cell C has launched an initiative that will see it invest R5 million in creating new data scientists in South Africa. In a partnership with Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA), 24 disadvantaged young men and women from all over the country who show high potential in Maths and Science will learn data science skills by participating in a yearlong programme that will see them qualify as ICT innovators and will potentially find employment as data scientists, engineers or software developers at Cell C.

In a media statement, Cell C chief human capital development and transformation officer Juliet Mhango says they are committed to creating relevant skills development opportunities that will allow the youth of South Africa to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“To ensure we also effectively upskilling current Cell C employees with the relevant digital skills, 10 of the selected participants are Cell C employees who will be given a chance to develop their skills in Data Science through this program”, says Juliet.

Meanwhile, Explore Data Science Academy chief commercial officer Mark Schroeder says they are delighted to be adding Cell C to its growing list of corporate sponsors. 

“With Explore’s post-graduation employment record of 93%, we believe that Cell C is helping to make a meaningful difference to inclusive youth employment and adding valuable talent to its organisation,” he says.

“Globally and in South Africa, there is a growing demand for digital skills with an ability to solve real-world problems. This partnership enables that demand to be met in an efficient and innovative model with benefits for the learners, Cell C and ultimately our country. These partnerships enable young South Africans to do amazing things.”