Zone01 Kisumu to offer fully-funded training program in digital skills
Africa is home to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population, with more than 20 million young people entering the job market every year. However, many of them face challenges such as inadequate education, lack of skills, and limited opportunities to access quality employment in the digital economy. That’s why Zone01 Kisumu has a mission to empower young Africans with the skills and tools they need to succeed in the tech industry and beyond.
Zone01 Kisumu is proud to announce that it is launching a fully-funded software development training program in Kisumu County, Kenya, in September 2023, in partnership with 01 Talent Africa, LakeHub, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), and the County government of Kisumu.
This program will be the first of its kind in East Africa, offering a teacherless and gamified learning experience that will enable learners to master world-class coding skills over a period of up to 3 years. The program will also provide learners with sustenance stipends and guaranteed employment contracts for 3 years or more with the global Talent Agency.
The program is open to anyone who wants to pursue a career in technology, regardless of their experience or background. Whether they are beginners, career changers, returners, or experienced professionals, they will find a place at Zone01 Kisumu where they can learn, grow, and thrive.
The program will also allow them to specialize in one of the high-demand technology fields of Cyber Security; Blockchain Development, Data Engineering, Game Development; Artificial Intelligence; and Web App Development. These fields are not only relevant for today’s market, but also for the future of innovation and social impact.
Zone01 Kisumu is part of a larger network of partners who share the same vision of creating a brighter future for Kenya’s tech workforce of tomorrow. One of the partners is LakeHub, an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the skills gap and creating opportunities for young people. LakeHub has supported more than 300 girls and young women in technology skills training across 5 counties, and hopes to see an increasing number of ambitious young men and women developers and entrepreneurs armed with the necessary skills and tools to scale their careers in the technology space and show the world that they are courageous, confident and capable.
Another partner is 01Talent Africa, the pan-African talent agency of 01Talent International group, which aims to identify, develop and connect to the professional world 1 million high-level developers in the world by 2035 through the combination of a proven educational model and a sustainable and exponential economic model. 01Talent Africa and its partner UCLG Africa are convinced that a large number of digital talents in African populations are just waiting to be revealed and supported to express their potential.
01Talent Africa is based on 01Edu, the ultimate upgrade of the “peer-to-peer” (teacherless) and gamified pedagogical approach developed by Nicolas Sadirac and his team, a learning platform intended to respond to the growing shortage of IT developers worldwide. This educational model which develops entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and collective intelligence has already been deployed by co-founder Nicolas Sadirac and his Alumni in more than 40 countries around the world, training more than 25,000 digital talents over the last 10 years. Zone01 Kisumu is excited to join this global movement of transforming education and employment in Africa and beyond.