Google has announced that the Google Africa Certification Scholarships programme is opened for applications. Google, with this scholarship programme, is providing 100,000 Africans with mobile development training so they can build world-class mobile apps. Through the Google Africa Certification programme, the company is offering 30,000 scholarships opportunities to Africans in 2019.
William Florance, the Global Head for Developer Training Programs at Google said the programme is developed towards skills building, which employers expect developers to have. He also said Africa will have the largest working age population some years to come. And the Google Africa programme is putting Africa on the right track.
“Africa is on track to have the largest working-age population of 1.1 billion by 2034.”
Florance said the announcement “marks a transition from inspiring new developers, to preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow. Google’s certifications are developed around a job-task analysis and test learners for skills employers expect developers to have in these domains.”
Florance continued that Google is committed to helping the African continent in terms of digital development. He promised that their continued support for Africa through programmes like the Google Africa Certification will help Africa will have more employable software developers, which will, in turn, slash down unemployment levels.
“Google’s continued initiatives focused on digital skills training, education and economic opportunity, and support for African startups and developers, demonstrate our commitment to helping advance a healthy and vibrant developer ecosystem.
“By providing support for training and certifications we will help bridge the unemployment gap on the continent through increasing the number of employable software developers.”
Andela and PluralSight will take charge of the training
Application to the developer programme is opened to applicants across the continent. Pluralsight and Andela, who are Google’s partners, will deliver this training. Participants will be taken through an intensive learning curriculum. That is the design of the programme. It is designed to prepare motivated learners for entry-level and intermediate roles as software developers.
If you are interested in this programme from Google, visit PluralSight to apply.