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


  • Google has promised to teach 100,000 Africans to code for the web and mobile phones.
  • Currently, you are looking for candidates to learn Android application programming, build websites, and be Google Cloud experts.
  • The training is free, and it comes with the opportunity to get the full certification for free as well.
  • Submissions are open here.
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Google searches for thousands of people from anywhere in Africa who want to learn programming.

The online giant has promised to train 100,000 “aspiring new developers” from Africa to build websites and Android apps, and be experts in Google Cloud.


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

SEE ALSO: SA’s Free College of Programming is looking for students – you don’t even need a college degree to get into

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


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

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

Web apps and Android developer paths, and for a course to become an engineer in Google Cloud, are open via training partner Pluralsight.

Applications close on 15 May – but selection criteria may include ‘first come first served’.

*This article has been updated to remove an incorrect link and details regarding the Google Scholarship Program 2018, including the incorrect deadline. Business Insider regrets the error.

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