On Wednesday 12th/06/2019, the Hon. Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze officiated the launch of the Refactory program, at Clarke International University’s School of Business and Applied Technology located in Muyenga, Tank Hill.
Refactory was birthed out of the need to train competent developers who can meet the needs of the fast-growing software development industry in Uganda.
The program is purely designed to introduce learners to high tech and equip them with skills that can enable them to compete globally.
The program is being implemented by 3 partners i.e. Clarke International University, Laboremus Uganda and Fontes Foundation. It is, in essence, a tech program that offers comprehensive nine-month training that will give university graduates the skillsets required to lift the quality of the Ugandan tech sector.
The day was crowned off by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze awarding certificates of excellence to the very 1st cohort of the program and representatives of the partners.
As his closing remarks, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze is quoted to have said “Glad to have launched this evening a skilling program for software developers called Refactory. I’m very pleased that the concept of innovation is gaining ground every other day in our training institutions.”
How the program works
As an initiative that seeks to address the shortage of skilled software developers in Uganda, the curriculum has been designed together with experts from the tech industry in order to meet the specific skill set required by the sector. The goal is to train a learner and take him/her from zero to job ready within 9 months. It is offered in 3 phases which are;
Phase 1: Catalyst course which is a focused three-month program that includes training in leadership, critical thinking, IT Project Management, as well as an introduction to different technologies.
Phase 2: Six-month boot camp, where a key component is working on solving a real problem for one of the industry partners.
Phase 3: Last Mile Program; This gives graduates the opportunity to work at an elite ICT company for 6-12 months.