Trace launches academy to offer free professional training in Africa

(Ecofin Agency) – This week, Olivier Luches, co-founder and CEO of Trace, launched Trace Academia, a mobile app dedicated to free training for young people in Africa.

According to specialist website WeAreTech.Africa, the app will offer tech courses in 15 different industries – including courses in energy, beauty, fashion, DIY, digital marketing, hospitality, creative arts, journalism, film and technology – as well as ‘casual’ courses , such as entrepreneurship, public speaking, and personal well-being.

Olivier Luchese explains that ” To build Trace Academia, we have combined our expertise and experience in entertainment with cutting edge learning approaches tailored to the realities and cultures of Africa… We believe Trace Academia has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of young people in South Africa and across the continent. “.

at ” Report on Employment in Africa (Re-Africa). Facing the challenge of youth employment The International Labor Organization (ILO) published in 2020, that young people aged 15-24 represent less than a quarter (23.6%) of the world’s working-age population, but more than a third (34.2%) in this region of the world , the only one in which the active young grow rapidly.

The International Labor Organization indicated that nearly 34 million people are unemployed in Africa, including 12.2 million young people aged 15-24, 6.4 million more than in 2010. 53.5 million people (four times) belong to the youth group Unemployed, they are not in education or training. The region’s unemployment rate (6.8%) was well above the global average (5%).

Through a mobile application that can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play Store, Trace aims to train 26 million Africans by 2025. The courses available to young people are being developed with several international partners.

On the platform, the courses available are already related to entrepreneurship developed by Valued Citizens and the University of Johannesburg; Devenir Dj is developed by Trace; An Introduction to the Profession of an Electrician by Schneider Electric; DIY by Leroy Merlin; Enjoy Energy Technology from MasterCard; Sexual Wellness by Durex and Introduction to Digital Marketing by Google. Orange is also a partner in the project and will offer ten modules to discover digital careers in Senegal, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Robin Shunyab

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