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IBM to Train 25 Million Africans for Free to Build Workforce
by Loni Prinsloo

Bloomberg News    Translate This Article
8 February 2017

On 8 February 2017 Bloomberg News reported: International Business Machines Corp. is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25 million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent. The U.S. tech giant plans to make an initial investment of 945 million rand ($70 million) to roll out the training initiative in South Africa, a country where 31 percent of 15-to-24 year-olds are unemployed, according to Statistics South Africa. At the same time, the program will be started at IBM's offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, enabling an expansion of the project across the rest of the continent. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of business, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'Africa will have the largest workforce by 2040 and IBM wants to lay the foundation blocks to build a digital workforce,' Juan Pablo Napoli, head of IBM Skills Academy, said. 'We will be providing a free cloud-based learning platform able to train people from basic computer skills to high-end app development.'

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