August is Women’s Month in South Africa and we’re featuring our own female thought leader in Software Testing and Quality Assurance, Ezanne Grobler.
We all know that women need more representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries but how can we achieve this?
It starts with inspiration!
Ezanne, Quality Assurance Advisor to iOCO, leader in learnership successes and principal consultant, lecturer, and Course Developer for FTI, has just returned from a very successful Software Testing Conference in Europe. She presented a paper “Embracing Adversity, A Learnership Story”, to an international audience of over 1000 delegates. By all accounts her presentation was exceptionally well received.
Ezanne was involved in a groundbreaking learnership in South Africa to qualify young automation engineers. When faced with a skills gap in the Software Testing, Quality Assurance and Test Automation space and huge unemployment in the young population, Ezanne was part of a team that decided to train their own automation engineers.
The team designed a learnership programme that consisted of SETA accredited training aligned to the International Software Testing Qualifications Board. Delegates attended an intensive two-month full-time bootcamp, a subsequent 9-month part-time training programme and assigned to real clients to gain workplace experience and develop their technical skills and abilities, within a supportive mentorship environment.