Nairobi, Kenya, September 2020 Technology will lie at the core of the jobs of the future and as the world becomes more digitalised, so too must Africa. A recent IFC report notes that 230 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030, therefore the continent requires an injection of digital skills.
It’s no secret that closing the skills gap is an absolute imperative if we are to keep up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). There is currently a significant skills gap in Africa with employers across the region identifying an inadequately skilled workforce as a restriction on business growth, including 41% of all firms in Tanzania, 30% in Kenya, 9% in South Africa, and 6% in Nigeria, according to WEF.
What’s even more important in Africa, given the youth bulge and widening skills gap, is ensuring workplace readiness for our young graduates who are finding that their degree doesn’t quite fit the requirements of 4IR and the digital economy.
With the youngest workforce on the planet, Africa needs to have access to workers that don’t just have the right certifications behind them – they need to be ready for the modern world of work professionally. On top of the technical skills required, it’s necessary to prioritise the soft skills that help people thrive in formal employment – 4IR-type skillsets such as negotiation skills, complex problem-solving, project management and people management, along with productivity and mental wellbeing tools.
To address these challenges and uplift our