Google Nigeria recently announced the launch of the Google Digital Skills for Africa programme in Aba. The Google Digital Skills for Africa programme was designed to address the skills needs of job seekers and small business owners.
About Google Digital Skills for Africa Programme
The Google Digital Skills for Africa programme is designed to address the skills needs of job seekers and small business owners. Google’s programme commenced in 2016 and they committed to training one million young Africans within one year. In 2017, they extended the programme for another five years in order to reach 10 million Africans. In 2018, the tech brand announced plans to help more people in Africa prepare for jobs of the future through local community-focused Digital Skills Training programmes.
So far the initiative has trained over three million people in 29 countries across Africa. It has been rolled out in about 100 communities in many countries including Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Google is able to efficiently train job seekers in the community by engaging directly with the communities. By engaging with the communities they are able to identify the specific needs of these communities.
Google Digital Skills for Africa: Google Kicks Off Program in Aba
Mrs Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde the Head, Brand and Reputation, Sub-Saharan Africa at Google spoke about the program. She stated that the program will offer training courses to help individuals and communities develop and grow digital skills, find jobs and advance in their careers. The program will be providing free online courses, tools and in-person digital training of students, educators, job seekers and businesses.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Nigeria as at December 2017 was 18.8 per cent (16 million people) and under-employment at 21.2 per cent. Speaking on these stats, Aderemi-Makinde stated that the youth make up 60 per cent of Africa’s unemployed. She stated that by developing digital entrepreneurship and creating new job opportunities for them is critical to Africa’s transformative growth. She stated that the brand is doing this because we believe that more needs to be done to empower young Africans to succeed in the digital world.