Google is continuing its effort to deepen developer education across Africa as the tech giant today announced the commencement of the next cohort of its Google Developer Scholarship aimed at setting African developers on track to becoming professional developers.
This is in furtherance of its pledge to provide mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans over the next few years.
A 4-month programme, the Google Developer Scholarship trains both aspiring and professional developers in both android and mobile web development. The programme features an intensive learning curriculum designed to assist motivated developers become certified in Google’s Android, Web and Cloud technologies.
Africa is on track to have the largest working-age population of 1.1 billion by 2034. Today’s announcement is about preparing the youth for the jobs of tomorrow by equipping them with the right developer skills. Google certifications are developed around a job-task analysis that tests learners for skills employers expect developers to have in these domains.Google
Last year, the search engine giant trained 10,000 developers under its Developer scholarship. But for this next round, the company is offering 30,000 scholarship opportunities and 1,000 grants for the Google Associate Android, Mobile Web, and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. Google will rely on its partners, Andela and Pluralsight to deliver this project.
Pluralsight is a leading online platform for technology and developer training. It features a range of trendy and important courses that developers and companies use to keep pace with changing tech development. While Andela is a software developer and outsourcing company that identifies, develops and outsources software developers.
Considering the concerns about the scarcity of quality developers and developers on the African continent, this programme by Google would play a key role in supporting developers with resources, data, and tools necessary for them to spot new innovations.
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