Why should I do this

Africa Prime is a 3 month program open to Zambian residents to prepare you for employment as a Software Engineer. With Africa Prime, you will improve your technical and soft skills to become an internationally competitive tech professional. At the successful completion of this program you will be connected with employers in Dubai and coached through the interview process.

The process

learning

Fill in the online application form (includes terms and conditions)

Complete screening process

  • Online tests
  • Do an online course
  • Complete screening process
  • Take another test (to evaluate your knowledge of what you just learned

Interview online or in person

  • Assess attitude
  • Assess basic communication skills
  • Assess which stream you belong to

Project challenge

  • Provided with communication platforms
  • Complete a small assignment
  • May be working in a team or individual or both

Formal onboarding

  • Assigned to your stream

The streams available

  • Backend Web Development
  • Front End Web Development
  • DevOps and Cloud Engineering

Tutors



Mike Lanier

Lead programing teacher

For the last decade, Mike Lanier has been helping programmers of all levels improve their skills, teaching classes for companies like LinkedIn, Adobe, Facebook, and more. Aside from coding, he’s passionate about music, neuroscience, and meditation.

Hasini Abeywickrama

PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney

Researching on incorporating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into wireless communication systems. She also works as an academic at the university. Prior to starting post-graduate studies, she has worked as a senior software engineer at Virtusa Corporation.

Ryan Williams

Skilled programmer and teacher

Ryan is a diverse and experienced programmer having worked in a variety of startups and leading tech companies including Verizon Wireless, Yahoo!, Oracle and FedEx. Having recently worked with the Australian Defence Force, he is a reliable and structured teacher with a sharp ability to communicate his expertise.

Dhanya Himaja

Developer, open source software advocate

Dhanya's strengths are in understanding and providing cutting edge Quantitative and Analytical Solutions as a Developer, Tester and as a Devops enthusiast. She has a quest for learning new Frameworks and Design styles. She is in the process of designing and developing Full-Stack Web applications.

Sean Dotau

Blockchain expert and programmer

Sean is an avid technologist, always learning and always sharing. He started his career as a programmer, then focused on integration before becoming a trainer for IBM, Atlassian and Consensys where he has trained large multinationals such as LG, P&G and Union Bank in blockchain technologies.

Timetable

9.30am Review past work

10am Live broadcast from trainer on general skills/soft skills

12pm Lunch

1pm Live broadcast from tutor on specific elective stream

2pm Self directed online learning in specific stream

3.30pm Break

4pm Project work in specific stream with online tutor support available via chat

5.30pm End of day

writing

Support available

There are always staff on hand to help you throughout your journey to become a globally competitive technology professional. A support representative is available at our office to respond to any day to day requests that you have.

A program manager is assigned to each cohort of Primers and will guide you through the materials and also act as a facilitator for some of the project activities.

The stream tutors are also available at set times throughout your upskilling and can be contacted through the various communication platforms that we provide.

The soft skills lecturer will also be available at specific times throughout your journey to ensure you are working well and adopting the new methodologies that you are learning.

offboarding

Who are we looking for?

A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience, during which you’ve built technical expertise and professionalism.

Required

  • Intermediate knowledge of at least one front-end framework — React, Angular, Vue
  • Working knowledge of at least one CSS framework — Bootstrap, Materialize CSS, Semantic UI
  • Intermediate understanding of JavaScript core language concepts — DOM manipulation, Fetch API, ES6 features
  • Working knowledge of unit and integration testing and testing frameworks/libraries — Jest, Jasmine, Mocha
  • Working knowledge of at least one task runner — gulp, npm scripts
  • Working knowledge of at least one module bundler — webpack, parcel
  • Working knowledge of at least one version control tool — Git, Mercurial

Preferred

  • Experience with architecture and design principles, building to consider maintainability, performance, security requirements, and impact.
  • Knowledge of code linting and formatting tools — ESLint, Prettier
  • Working knowledge of Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) architectural pattern.

What You’ll Get

  • Full-time compensation
  • Friendly working environment
  • Opportunity to work with the best Pacific tech talent available
  • A chance to contribute to the Pacific engagement with the digital economy

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

FAQs

Q: When does the course start?

A: The course begins on April 8th, 2024, Monday.

Q: Where will the courses be held?

A: The courses will be conducted at Mumana, Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia.

Q: What are the course hours?

A: The course runs from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, local Zambia time, GMT+2.

Q: How long is the course?

A: The program spans 10 weeks, designed to adequately upskill the participants.

Q: Do I need to pay any fees for the course?

A: Only an admin fee of $10 if accepted

Q: Will I receive a certificate upon completion?

A: Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion from Crypto Global United

Q: Can I work while doing the course?

A: No, the course requires a full 100% commitment, except if the work aligns with your course curriculum, such as software development.

Q: What salary can I expect in the UAE after completing the course?

A: Salaries range from $3k to $5k USD per month.

Q: Is it only Dubai, or are there plans for expansion?

A: Initially, it is in Dubai, but we plan to target other areas in UAE and KSA in the future.

Q: What is the cost of living in Dubai compared to Zambia?

A: The cost of living is considerably higher in Dubai. For detailed information, visit Property Finder.

Q: Will you assist with accommodation?

A: Yes, we will help you settle into Dubai initially and aid in finding longer-term accommodation, often shared living spaces.

Q: How much is rent, and can I share with others?

A: Yes, you can share a villa or apartment with others. Costs can range from $100 USD per week (sharing) upwards.

Q: What is the cost of flying to Dubai?

A: It ranges between $200-$500, depending on how far in advance you book.

Q: Can I bring my family?

A: Initially, no. You need to arrive alone. After working for 6 months, we can assist with various visa options for you and your family.

Q: Who will handle my visa for living in Dubai?

A: We have a visa partner that will assist with all visa processing requirements. Visit Best Solution for more details.

Q: What types of jobs can I expect in Dubai after the course?

A: You can expect roles such as full stack developer, web developer, front end developer, Backend developer, and Systems architect.

Q: How long can I stay in Dubai initially?

A: Initially, you can stay for 1 year, but visa extensions can be arranged.

Q: Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the course?

A: While we aim to place all successful graduates, external factors like world market/economic downturns may impact outcomes. Software development is currently in high demand in the UAE.

Q: What if I find my own job?

A: If you secure your own employment, a fee of $5k USD will be collected to cover tuition costs, payable over a 1-year period.

Q: What if I leave before the course is completed?

A: You can withdraw at any time, but a withdrawal fee of a certain USD amount is applicable at different stages of the course.

Q: How long after the bootcamp will it take to find a job and move to Dubai?

A: We'll be sourcing roles and conducting interviews in the last few weeks of the course, aiming to have all graduates placed within 4 weeks of completing the program.

Q: How long after moving to Dubai will it take to get my first paycheck?

A: Typically, payments are made monthly in the UAE. You can expect to receive your first paycheck within 4 weeks of starting employment.

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Our application process is through a detailed screening system, where we run a few tests and questionnaires to get to know you well

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