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Samsung to teach young Koreans how to code

Oct 11,2018
Samsung Electronics will provide free software training to 10,000 young Koreans over the next five years in its attempt to raise the nation’s competitiveness in coding.

The company announced Wednesday that it would establish a coding academy called Samsung SW Academy for Youth (Ssafy) for people aged 29 years and below and accept applications starting Oct. 22.

The plan is part of the measures Samsung unveiled on Aug. 8 to revitalize the economy and create jobs. The conglomerate vowed to spend 180 trillion won ($160.7 billion) and hire 40,000 more employees over the next three years to drive growth.

The academy is free of charge and comes with a 1 million won monthly allowance throughout the course of the two-semester, one-year program. The academy will help graduates land jobs through customized job preparation services and give those who display outstanding performance during the program a chance to be trained at Samsung’s research centers overseas.

Ssafy is meant to widen the IT ecosystem by beefing up job seekers’ software competitiveness and helping them get better jobs, the company said.

Applications will be open for two weeks from Oct. 22 to Nov. 22 at www.ssafy.com. Anyone aged 29 or younger that has graduated from university is eligible to apply.

The screening process will include a test to gauge software aptitude and an interview to verify applicants’ passion for learning.

The academy will be located in Samsung offices in Seoul, Daejeon, Gwangju and Gumi. The first semester starts on Dec. 10.

BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]