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Plateau State government has launched the ‘Code Plateau’ programme to create a digital workforce as the state begins its march into eGovernment.

The Code Plateau is an eight months full-time immersive Software Development Bootcamp designed for young people who want to start their career in IT and kick-start their portfolio of real-life projects that utilizes modern technology stacks. The programme targets young graduates seeking to grow and position themselves for local and global opportunities.

To participate, visit: https://pictda .plateaustate.gov.ng/code-plateau for more information and how you can apply. Application closes on May 24th 2019.

The ‘Code Plateau’ programme is part of a larger framework for digital inclusion and skill-building within the Silicon Plateau initiative by Governor Simon Lalong to rework the state’s economy to leverage global IT opportunities.

Silicon Plateau is the aggregate of all the ideas and value chain relating to ICT development in Plateau State and is being incubated by the Plateau State ICT Development Agency (PICTDA).

The Silicon Plateau was first publicly mentioned at the 2019 West African Convergence Conference in Lagos last March in a presentation: ‘Silicon Plateau & Lalong’s Vision for Technology Investment,’ by Hon Commissioner, Science & Tech, Plateau State, Daniel Manjang alongside the Director-General of PICTDA, Mr. David Daser.

“The flagship of the Silicon Plateau Project is Code Plateau and within eight months, we hope to offer an immersive job placement training for software development,” said Daser.

“The fellowship is a full-time Immersive Boot camp that is designed for young people. PICTDA would grant the fellows a collaborative learning environment with all-around support from technical to industry job readiness.

“As Human Capital Development is one of the key focus areas of the rescue administration, the Plateau State government through the PICTDA has initiated the Code Plateau as a platform for re-skilling our youths who are interested in kick-starting their careers in IT and preparing them for the job market,” added Daser.

According to him, at the end of the Code Plateau Fellowship, “fellows can expect to be able to build impressive, portfolio-ready projects that will demonstrate their ability to add value to their next or new job as great software engineers, therefore, this intensive program is for those who are committed to having tangible, job-ready skills upon graduation.”

Plateau state is coming out of a long night of upheavals but in the last four years, the state has steadily progress in winning the peace.

The ICT agency came into existence last year by an Act of Parliament and is conceived to push the framework for the state’s ICT agenda as well as retooling the state’s large population of young people to become functional in a 21st century borderless economy.

“PICTDA has prepared a world-class curriculum to prepare our youths for the global competitive IT job market. The first half (3-months) of the fellowship based on this curriculum is described as “Floating Surface” because of how much information it packs in. In the second half (3-Months) called “Diving Deep”, you use your new skills to build projects, while learning new technologies on the fly. “By the end, you will be an autonomous engineer, capable of tackling unique unfamiliar problems and building complex applications. The last two months would be internship placements of fellows across tech companies within Nigeria. This is to give the required on-the-job experience in tech companies to finally prepare our fellows for Job placements,” said Daser.