World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA)

Founded in 1978, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a leading consortium of ICT industry association members from over 80 countries/economies around the world. WITSA’s members represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.

About WITSA

WITSA is composed of ICT industry associations from over 80 countries and regions around the world. Associations that best represent the interests of ICT companies in their respective countries or regions are eligible to become WITSA members. Nigeria is represented by Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN)

Programs

As the leading recognized voice of the global ICT industry, WITSA aims to drive transformation and grow the industry given that ICT is the key driver of the global economy:

  • Advocating international public policies that advance the industry’s growth and development;
  • Facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services through our global network of contacts;
  • Promoting industry cooperation and strengthening our national associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information;
  • Working closely with internationally recognized organizations to promote and facilitate growth;
  • Awarding signature events ‐ WITSA World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) ‐ to member countries from around the world;
  • Organizing Global ICT Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding ICT users.

ITAN-WITSA Intervention

InnovationBed.Africa partners ITAN-WITSA on Early To the Train Early To Work Initiative as InnovationBed TeenCoders

InnovationBed TeenCoders (ITC)

Any person who has a computer, internet and basic English skills can start learning programming.

We are also positive that a motivated and hardworking person, with a certain predisposition for programming, who has access to a computer, internet connection and has basic English skills can get a good paying job without leaving his home or country.

Getting a job in a 21st Century Company does not always require a college degree, what matters most is relevant skills, sometimes obtained through vocational training.

Training Courses

In our program we plan on teaching the following IT professions: web developer, information security analyst, data scientist, mainly because these allow freelance work outside the office.


Web Developer Course:

The Web Developer course consists of 7 subcourses, 7 tests, 6 exams (together app. 120 hours) and 2 levels of study-projects (app. 240 hours). The full course is completed on average in under 9 months.

 

 

Those who successfully complete the course are invited to a 7-10 day long final diploma project (individual or group), and, if the examination is successfully passed, immediately receive a job offer. The specifics of the job depend on the age and preferences of the student, and, of course, on the offers of the companies. It can include online work from home or office work at the company location.


ITAN-WITSA Survey

InnovationBed (ITAN-WITSA's "Early to Train - Early to Work" Pilot) [Nigeria Only]

Call for Volunteers

The challenge for each country, region, city is the deficit of software developers. Preparing developers and preventing them from going abroad or at least reducing such tendency is a serious task that any university practically cannot handle.

Major employers and even countries have announced that a university degree is no longer a necessity for applying for a job:

  • 1. https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/no-degree-required/
  • 2. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/policy/ibm-ceo-ginni-romettys-letter-u-s-president-elect/
  • 3. https://www.information-age.com/theresa-may-technical-education-plan-123470835/

For instance, Apple recently announced that half of its employees do not have a university degree, and Apple is proud of it.
The situation in Europe is described in the Minsk-2019 WITSA BOD presentation as represented by Information Technology Association of Nigeria, ITAN.
World Information Technology and Services Alliance, WITSA and member associations is playing a decisive role in solving the problem of a shortage of software developers for IT companies in their countries.
The Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources offers the solution.
We created a program for teaching software developing in the framework of the project “From Early (distant) Training to Early (distant) Work”, which has been tested on small groups since 2013 and has been very successful (iamit.net).

Take the Survey

Thank you for volunteering for this change from the various regions and institutions across the country!
You are to enter details of qualified young students of ages 13 to 17 you think will be fit to under the training from the portal whose link will be share with you.
NB: Any smart phone or laptop with data is sufficient as the usable hardware requirement for the programming education contents from the portal!!!
Access password is strictly upon accreditation by the Project Director from Programos Foundation and the WITSA education committee.

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