Google supports NGOs to train, employ 1,500 youths in ICT

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Google has supported non-governmental organisations, JA Nigeria and JA Africa, to train Nigerian youths in information and communication technology skills.

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According to a statement on Thursday, the training would provide young Nigerians the opportunity to gain in-demand ICT skills to prepare them for the job market.

The statement partly read, “Junior Achievement Nigeria with support from Google. Org through JA Africa, is with grant funding of $400,000 from Google. org. JA Africa will provide scholarships, instructional support, and wraparound support for 1,500 vulnerable and marginalised minority youths between ages 18 and 35 across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

“Students enrolled on the programme will have up to one year to complete the IT Support Professional Certificate hosted on Coursera. The pandemic has disrupted the traditional workplace and companies are pursuing technology to adapt to the new normal.”

The Chief Executive Officer of JA Africa, Simi Nwogugu, “This partnership will not only provide employment to 1,500 youths but it will also benefit the thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises who are struggling to adapt to post-COVID digital requirements.”

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