Google is continuing in its aim to create 10 million African jobs in the next five years by training 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
A million Africans have already been trained by the tech giant and the latest move is seen as a key commitment to the creation of 10 million jobs across the continent.
Google has said on its official blog that it intends to carry out the training in languages including Swahili, Hausa and Zulu and to try and ensure that at least 40% of people trained – online and in-person – are women. The cost of the program has not yet been revealed.
Africa is the fastest-growing continent for the tech sector right now, with a surge in population growth coupled with falling data costs and spiking ownership in mobile technology. Africa is expected to have 1.1 billion people of working age by 2034, but not nearly enough jobs to fit that demand, according to Google.
Meanwhile, Google has also announced plans to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship and working space access to more than 60 African start-ups over the next three years.
Author: Staff Writer