Coding for Employment Training in 5 Universities
iEARN Just completed the the 5-day TOT workshop in 5 Kenya Universities : USIU, University of Nairobi, Moi University, South Eastern Kenya University and Pwani University. It was a practical workshop on chosen topics addressing existing skill gaps.
The sessions were designed to motivate, ignite and inspire the participants and to bring their creative ideas to life while preparing them to be confident in taking up their roles as TOT in the upcoming C4E training sessions.
Through demand-driven training, the programs will equip youth across the continent with the skills needed to secure ICT, ICT-enabled, and ICT services employment. The program will provide both technical, and “soft” entrepreneurship skills that are transferable across sectors and are inclusive of vulnerable and disadvantaged and strategically position youth to compete for the jobs of the “present” and of the “future”.
Beyond skills development, the program seeks to drive the creation of an “innovation ecosystems” where key stakeholders (Private sectors, Youth and Government) in the sector can adopt a sustainable, integrated and holistic approach focused on promoting innovative use of digital tools, to solve social problems in Africa. As such the program will support the development of 130 innovation centers of excellence which will provide a platform to host best practices, private sector linkages, support training programs.
The Coding for Employment program innovates upon existing models by placing youth in an immersive ICT environment and connecting them to a wider range of job opportunities. Trainees will have access to full-time jobs ranging from tech and digital-based companies, to IT positions in companies across different sectors, to online outsourcing offers from international employers. Trainees will also be supported to become tech entrepreneurs who develop new locally-relevant products and services.
By 2024, the online outsourcing industry is expected to generate gross services revenue of $15-35 billion, with a total of 35-59 million active online workers worldwide, according to World Bank, Online Work Global Study. Just under 50% of the demand for online outsourcing is currently driven by the ICT industry (such as e-commerce, software, and hardware), according to crowdsourcing.org