Ceridian, Microsoft 4Afrika launch first developer AppFactory in Mauritius

Ceridian has collaborated with Microsoft 4Afrika to launch the first AppFactory in Mauritius. The AppFactory provides a space for ICT graduates and developers to build software applications, gain hands-on experience and grow their business skills.

“There are thousands of ICT graduates who lack the experience to find a high-paying job or start their own business. This is creating a major skills gap, especially as technology evolves and businesses are increasingly looking to digitally transform,” says Vidia Mooneegan, Managing Director, Ceridian. “As Mauritius transitions to an upper income economy, the demand for digital skills is increasing. The AppFactory offers a solution to this, by investing in young talent, bridging the skills gap and building the entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

AppFactory interns will spend up to three months working at the AppFactory with senior software engineers on real-world projects. The programme will task interns with creating digital solutions that address needs in different local sectors, including Education, Government Services, Healthcare, Tourism, Fintech and Environment.

“Since Microsoft started operating in Mauritius 20 years ago, we have been working to help strengthen the digital economy in the country”, says Laurence Janssens, Country Manager of Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands. “Through our partner network, we have invested in skills development and formed strategic partnerships within the education sector. The AppFactory complements our drive towards digital transformation in education.”

At the end of each internship, graduates will be able to fully design, implement and deploy cloud-enabled, mobile and IT solutions.

In addition, what makes this specific AppFactory unique is that it will also help drive the digital transformation of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Mauritius.

“One of the projects interns will tackle, is helping SMEs in their digital transformation. This includes creating and introducing solutions like data analytics for more informed decision-making, chat bots for better customer engagement, cross platform applications, and digital marketing strategies,” says Arnaud Meslier, from Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands.

Over 300 developers have graduated from the Africa AppFactory network to date, with 90% of these graduates finding full-time employment after their internship.

“Both Microsoft and Ceridian share the vision of investing in human capital and enabling digital transformation. The new AppFactory will give developers in Mauritius the skills and experience to build their careers as software artisans. It will also provide the ideal platform for developers to build a portfolio of innovative projects that respond to the technology needs of SMEs and key sectors. This aligns directly to our mission to empower businesses and industries to achieve more through digital transformation,” says Laurence.

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