AfricaWorking is a new youth empowerment program created through a partnership between Barclays Africa, Emerging World, FranklinCovey, Knod, Microsoft, Safal Group, and Syngenta. The program is geared toward equipping some 200,000 youths and 50,000 entrepreneurs with skill relevant to the current job market and are demanded to pursue a successful entrepreneurship venture.
The Dean of Microsoft 4Africa Academy, Lutz Ziob said, “Most large corporations are looking at youth skills development in one form or another because it’s crucial to their business. The idea behind AfricaWorking is to bring these corporations together, align our efforts, share our learning and build human capital on a pan-African scale.”
The program will harness the collective power and voice of private organization to ensure candidate graduating from AfricaWorking will have top notch employable skills or the know-how to become successful entrepreneurs. The program will first roll out in Kenya and South Africa, with plans to roll out to the rest of the countries in Africa by 2020.
“By 2045, Africa’s labor market is projected to be the biggest in the world,” said Charles Reed, the General Manager for Community Investment at Barclays Africa. …read more