The Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) and Access Bank’s W Initiative have partnered to launch a digital academy that seeks to equip women with tech skills in preparation for the job market.
The academy intends to educate over 500 women aged between 18-35, providing them with skills, jobs, internships, mentoring and financial assistance for those in need women in information technology in the next five years.
The three-month programme will offer a range of tech courses including Mobile Development, Front-end Web Development, Back-end Web Development, Python for Data Science, and Machine Learning at the cost of N25,000 and a 50 percent discount.
According to Daniel Awe, Head of the African Fintech Foundry, stated, “The African Fintech Foundry is dedicated to promoting inclusion and diversity in the technology sector.
“This is why we are consistently championing causes that encourage gender diversity and equip women to penetrate the tech sector successfully.”
“The academy allows each participant to choose a module of their choice, equipping them with all the features they would need to assimilate its content fully. We are going as far as providing funding, internships and access to top tech CEOs and MDs to serve as mentors to the participants.”
Ayona Trimnell, the Group Head/Coordinator, ‘W’ Initiative at Access Bank, said, “The tech sector has long been known as a male-dominated field.
“Given the critical role that technological innovation plays in varying sectors of the economy, the persistent under-representation of women in technology poses a significant economic problem if not addressed.
“This initiative not only helps combat this gross imbalance but is also particularly timely as the world continues to move towards a digital future.”
Applications for the Africa Fintech Foundry and Access Bank’s W Initiative academy commences from September 4th, 2021, to October 17th, 2021.