Umuzi's learnership programme supports talented young people to access high-value careers. 

What makes Umuzi different?

We are...

  • Career focused: over 80% of our alumni are in top tech and creative careers.

  • Demand-driven: we focus on the most in-demand high-value digital skills.

  • Practical: we believe in on-the-job training. We learn technical, conceptual and professional skills by building great products, not by studying theory.

  • Collaborative: everyone chooses a speciality and works in cross-functional product teams creating value together.

  • Accredited: by MICT with a National Certificate qualification.

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1. Decide on a Career Track

We focus on the skills you need to access a high-value career. We’re demand-driven, partnering with leading employers to make sure we focus on scarce tech and creative skills. Challenge yourself with one of our specialisations:

2. Apply

Having decided on which Career Track you want to pursue, start your journey to a high-value career by applying today. We assess your skills through real work. If we believe you’ve got what it takes, we’ll invite you to our bootcamp. We take applicants from all over South Africa. If you're successful in your application, we'll help you to get to our studios in Jo'burg.


Not from Jo’burg? Umuzi's housing programme has you covered.

We know there are talented young people all over South Africa, so if you're successful in your application, we'll offer you housing, close to our studio.

Please note that Travel to and from Jo’burg is at your own expense.

Learn more about our subsidised Housing Programme.

3. Bootcamp: Compete for a full-time learnership position (1 week)

You’ve shown potential in your application, now we’d like to get to know you. We invite you to join us in person for one week of intensive upskilling at Umuzi. We will put you through a series of challenges and assessments in your chosen career track. Are you open minded, driven and empathetic? … we want you!

If you’re ready to go the distance, we will offer you a full-time learnership at Umuzi.

4. #MakeUmuziBetter: Always start with Empathy (±3 weeks)

As a new recruit at Umuzi, you will spend your first few weeks learning the art and science of Human-Centered Design. You will learn by empathising, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing real solutions to everyday problems faced by our community.


5. Crash Course: Develop digital skills (±2 months)

Develop your digital skills and go deeper with Human-Centred Design by making something real and see it go live:

  • Web Development and Data Science and/or Data Engineering: make your first app, a mobile game with a social purpose.

  • Content Production: create content and publish it on Umuzi’s ez’ntwsembu platform.

  • User Experience: conduct your first user-experience consulting project

6. Join a Product Team: Build a real product, with a team (±6 months)

Once you’ve gotten a handle on the technical skills and our processes, it’s time to take on more responsibility and join an Umuzi Product Team. Every part of Umuzi is run by a Product Team. You will work with a team, diverse in skills and experience, lead by an Umuzi manager.

Our current Product Teams include:

7. Work Experience: Prove you are industry-ready (±3 months)

We partner with industry leaders to offer Umuzi recruits work experience at top employers. This is your chance to put into practice everything you’ve learned at Umuzi, and nab a high-value job.

Our employer partners: These are some of the amazing companies you could work for…

8. High-value careers: Take the Tech and Creative industries by storm!

Our recruits’ success speaks for itself: over 80% of our recruits convert their work experience into high-value careers at leading employers.

But that’s not it. We believe in the power of community. Umuzi Plug is our own recruitment agency which keeps in touch with our alumni, supporting them to manage their careers and reach their full potential.