MEET THE STAFFING CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
Talent 4 Startups is developed by Digital Africa, in partnership with Make-IT in Africa, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The program is a pilot deploying training scholarships for tech and digital jobs. It aims to meet the skills’ needs expressed by the continent’s startups by training young people, who will then be matched with startups seeking local talent. For its initial deployment, Talent 4 Startups has awarded 280 scholarships. This number will increase in the next version of the program.
A PROGRAM TO ASSESS AND MAP DIGITAL SKILLS
With this program, Digital Africa has built along with Edtech Connections a dynamic repository of jobs and skills that highlights, through qualitative and quantitative studies, the jobs and skills most in demand by startups in Africa. Then, through collaborative and sustainable partnerships with several digital training schools, Talent 4 Startups has directly supported the training costs of young talents from the continent as well as their employability by connecting them to the network startups.
SUPPORTING YOUTH, STRENGTHENING THE AFRICAN DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM
Since May 2022, 280 scholarships have been awarded to young African talent to acquire the skills needed by the continent’s startups and strengthen the digital ecosystem. Upon completion of their training, they have been connected with companies that are recruiting locally. The pilot deployment of Talent 4 Startups targeted 10 countries on the continent: Morocco, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, DRC, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Madagascar.
As part of the pilot version, an HR guide was co-developed with Talent 2 Africa to support start-ups in designing an effective interview process containing operational tools and materials that can be used directly in recruitment to check the match between the skills sought and the behaviour and/or experience of the candidate.
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- October 8th 2021 : Launch and announcement of the programme at the Nouveau Sommet Afrique-France
- May 2022 – February 2023: Deployment of training
- November 2023: Gathering in Dakar on the employability of young Africans in startups with the partners of the program and active members of the Edtech ecosystem in Senegal
- February 2023: Closing of the V1 of the program
- Now: Preparation of the V2