With the world at the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, the demand for digitization across all sectors has never been greater. According to the World Economic Forum, more than one third of all jobs in all industries are expected to require complex problem-solving as a core skill by 2020. ICT literacy will also be a growing part of the core skill requirements for many industries. Yet, more than 64.8% of Africans still lack access to internet and digital infrastructures.
In response to the youth employment crisis in Africa, the African Development Bank adopted in 2016 the Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) strategy with the aim to create 25 million jobs and train 50 million youth over a period of ten years (2016-2025). The Coding for Employment Program is a key flagship of the innovation pillar of the Jobs for Youth strategy which seeks to develop, scale and replicate proven models that will unlock millions of jobs for African youth.
The Coding for Employment is a partnership program between AfDB and UoN, with support of other private companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and Safaricom among others, aimed at nurturing and equipping African youth with practical 21st century skills to increase employability as well as entrepreneurship among the youth. Specifically, each center is expected to train at least 1,800 young people over a maximum of 2 years.
Specifically, the trainings will be delivered in three trenches:
1) Basic digital literacy: 2-5 days training targeting large quantities of the target audience, could be a mix of both online and onsite. Topics includes Introduction to office environment, internet, social media, computer skills etc
2) Intermediate Training: 1-3 Months more intensive program targeting only target audience with basic knowledge of technology. Topics includes logical/ design thinking, social media marketing, introduction to programming etc
3) Advanced Training Program: Preferable onsite trainings, between duration of 3- 6 months, target beneficiaries may be eligible for stipends, work placements, and access to acceleration programs. Topics includes Web programming, data analytics, AI, machine learning, mobile app development etc
Training of Trainers Program (ToT)
The program will follow a training of trainers’ model to ensure sustainability. As such, the Office of Career Services is looking for volunteer trainers (ToTs) who will be trained by private sector partners. The training of trainers will be trained in the early week of July 1-5, 2019 for five (5) days and thereafter they will be engaged for at least 6 months as trainers for others. If you are interested in being a ToT, please fill in the attached form, attach your CV and send back by email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please check these dates
Application deadline is Monday 24th June 2019
Selection will be done on Tuesday 25th June 2019
Successful 20 Volunteer Trainers will be informed by Wednesday June 26, 2019
Training of Trainers will be held on July 1-5, 2019.