In a statement released today, Lagos-based ZwartTech announced the launch of its new edtech, Zwart Talent Foundation (ZTF).
The foundation’s aim is to provide young Africans with the ICT skills they need to close the continent’s rising skills gap. Seventy percent of the positions in the initiative are reserved for African women.
According to a PwC analysis published in 2020’s Digital Skills Insights, 79 percent of worldwide CEOs are concerned about the availability of digital skills in their workforces, with 87 percent of African CEOs feeling the same way.
“We launched the Zwart Talent Foundation to help Africans quickly combat poverty by giving them the chance to acquire tech skills as well as connecting them to international job opportunities. This will enable them to earn more and boost their economic status,” commented Nelson Tosin Ajulo, Chairman of ZTF in a statement.
Participants are led through the process from initial skills training to launching successful, long-term careers, according to ZTF’s three-pronged approach to closing the skills gap.
Over the next five years, the foundation aims to train 2 000 Africans in critical ICT skills and put them in global companies.
“We have also realised that the quality of ICT education in Africa is inadequate. Considering this, students who join the Foundation will become Junior Developers in less than three years compared to attending a university and spending four or five years on the same course,” stated Ajulo.
Zwart Recruit is a platform that connects African ICT developers with international companies looking for employees with digital skills.
The Hub is a startup accelerator that enables businesses go from concept to global scale through mentorship and support from successful, experienced startup owners and investors.
While the worldwide skills gap is concerning, given that automation may soon render many digital occupations obsolete, ZTF takes a different approach, according to Ajulo.
“Our approach is not only innovative, but it also saves time and will help tackle inequality faster, bridging gaps between social classes. The Academy training program involves a lot of practicals and it is free,” she concluded.