More than 30,000 young African developers are set to be beneficiaries of Google Africa’s scholarships and grants that will facilitate their getting certification on Google’s Android, Web and cloud technologies.
The move will help in ensuring that the continent achieves the goal of having the largest working-age population of 1.1 billion by 2034, bridging the unemployment gap in Africa.
According to Charles Murito, Google Kenya Country Manager, the company is committed to providing to mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans for the Google Associate Android, Mobile Web, and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications.
“We are committed towards young Africans for future jobs through the LaunchPad Accelerator and we are offering 30,000 additional scholarship opportunities and 1,000 grants for young developers,” he said.
Google partners including Pluralsight and Andela, will deliver the program through an intensive learning curriculum designed to prepare motivated learners for entry-level and intermediate roles as software developers in these fields.
Interested students can learn and apply by Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Google’s certifications are developed around a job-task analysis that test learners for skills employers expect developers to have in these domains.
This scholarship is about preparing the youth for the jobs of tomorrow by equipping them with the right developer skills.
Graduate of the Associate Android Developer certification Adaobi Frank said the training helps her get a job faster than she anticipated.
“Becoming certified can make a meaningful difference to both developers and employers and we have already seen evidence this. I got a better job that paid me 10X my previous salary after completing her certification,” she said.
“My interview was quicker as my employer was convinced that I was great for the role after she mentioned I was certified,” she added.
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The program will help bridge the unemployment gap on the continent by increasing the number of employable software developers.