CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP

There is a substantial skills gap between what students are taught and what employers require, in East Africa. This skills gap needs to be bridged in order to maintain economic growth, reduce unemployment and eradicate poverty. Our Academy is a program consisting of activities addressing these challenges. Together with selected partners, we connect talented students with employers through hosting trainings and networking events, arranging internship-programs and offering recruitment services.

618
ENGAGAGED 
PARTICIPANTS IN OUR 
 ACTIVITIES  2017

75%
OF THE PARTICIPANTS
WERE FEMALES

100
PARTICIPANTS PER 
IT BOOT CAMP

IT BOOT CAMP 2017

More than 100 women participated in the IT boot camp of 2017, filling up every seat in the computer labs. Three trainers managed by a project coordinator led the practical training in the labs taking the participants from the very basics of navigating the computer desktop to using Microsoft Office to create their own business plan, budgets and presentations about their personal fictional company. The practical sessions were mixed with inspirational lectures from Doris Masega, HR Manager at Scania Tanzania, visits to innovation hubs and panel discussions.

The evaluations show that 99% of the participants feel the boot camp meets its objectives. Furthermore, the knowledge test shows that the participants have increased their practical skills remarkably and 99% say they want to deepen their knowledge in one or more of the areas covered in the trainings, showing that the interest for ICT has grown immensely.  Lastly, the evaluation comments show that the IT boot camp has indeed raised the awareness about gender equality and helped build participants confidence and will to share their knowledge with others.

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