200 Nigerians to benefit from UK government tech skills scheme
About 200 young Nigerians would participate in a training programme organised by the United Kingdom (UK)-Nigeria tech hub, in partnership with NerdzFactory to equip aspiring graphics, designers, managers and software developers with skills to kick-start their careers in technology.
The UK-Nigeria tech hub is an initiative of the UK Government Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport to support the growth of technology ecosystem in Nigeria.
The tech hub is partnering with NerdzFactory to launch a design, product and developer school for youths. Announcing the partnership, Country Director of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, Adaeze Sokan, said the intervention programme was not only to close the unemployment and digital skills gap, but also to provide a pipeline of digital enablement to tech Small and Medium sacle Enterprises (SMEs) and startups seeking to work with digital talents in Nigeria to build solutions for both national and cross-border landscapes.
She said 200 young Nigerians would be selected across the six geo-political zones in two cohorts of 100 participants each across the three tracks.
She said each cohort of the programme is a two-month virtual training course, with the first cohort kicking off on November 22, 2021, while the second cohort of another 100 participants will commence on January 10, 2022.
She added that participants would gain access to mentorship and economic opportunities after the training. Founding Partner of NerdzFactory, Ade’ Olowojoba, expressed delight to be working with the UK-Nigeria tech hub to train and mentor young Nigerians in gaining the necessary skills and exposure required for them to advance in the local and international tech ecosystem.
He said: “The programme is particularly interesting for us as an organisation as it perfectly aligns with our organisation’s mission of empowering every individual, organisation and institution to create a prosperous future.
“The programme forms an integral part of our organisation’s strategy to deliberately develop Africa’s human capital, create opportunities for young people to collaborate and thrive while also creating a pipeline of worldclass talents for both the local and global market.”