IYF and Skills For Success
As one of the fastest growing industries globally, women make up less than 30% of ICT workers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
IYF’s, Skills for Success (S4S) Programme, has been addressing this gap, giving students the opportunity to enrol in a variety of ICT courses certified by Google.Org, including professional certificates in IT, UX Design, Data Analytics, Project Management and Digital Marketing & E-Commerce. Currently, 75% of the programme’s enrolled learners are women.
The International Youth Foundation with the funding from Google.org supported learners, with Digital and Information Technology training opportunities that aims to equip youth between the ages of 18 and 30 with the skills needed to build a career in technology. The program achieved 75% female participation with the aim to attract more young woman to the digital sector which is predominantly male dominant.
Unique Blended Programme Design
The programme was uniquely designed to address the digital divide by enhancing digital and information technology skills sets needed to meet the demands created by the 4th industrial revolution. Whilst Google Specialisation Career Certificates enhances technical skill sets, skills like collaboration, communication, adaptability, leadership, teamwork, self-confidence, and cultural awareness is needed to support young people to settle into the workplace with ease. A blended learning approach supports students to develop critical technical and social skills whilst receiving continuous mentorship. The program enrolled more than 3500 students across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Completion And Graduations
As an internationally benchmarked and recognised training program, the Specialisation Google Career Certificates is highly sought after and the combination of the Google Certificate and a technical qualification, empowers young people and equips them with critical technical skills to secure meaningful employability opportunities. As a result IYF celebrates the achievement of 1 883 graduates on the program across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria since the inception of the program in April 2021.
Graduations – 2022
The Information Technology industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide, and obtaining a Google Specialisation Career Certificate increases the employability and competency of young people to enter this industry with confidence. IYF will assist and monitor students in obtaining learnerships, jobs, and other income-generating activities such as gig work or informal enterprises. The program supported more than 70% of students with placement in 2023.