Google seeks African developers for 30 000 scholarships

William Florence, Global Head of Developer Training Programs at Google.

William Florence, Global Head of Developer Training Programs at Google.

Google has opened applications for the 2019 edition of Google Africa Certification Awards.

The program, according to Google, is part of its ongoing effort to provide digital skills training, education, economic opportunities, and support to African startups and developers.

In line with its commitment to provide mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans, the tech giant says it is offering 30,000 scholarship opportunities and 1,000 scholarships for Google Associate Android, Mobile Web and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications.

The developer training is available to applicants from all over Africa and will be offered by Google’s partners: online education company Pluralsight and software startup Andela.

Both will offer an extensive educational curriculum, designed to prepare eager learners for entry-level and intermediate roles as software developers in these fields.

“Africa is on track to achieve the largest working-age population of 1.1 billion by 2034,” says William Florence, Global Head of Developer Training Programs at Google.

“Scholarships are about preparing young people for the jobs of tomorrow by providing them with the right developer skills. Google Certifications are developed around job analysis that tests learners for the skills that employers expect developers to possess in these areas, and we have already seen evidence that certification can That makes a meaningful difference for developers and employers.”

Applicants must be residing in any country in Africa and be at least 18 years old when applying. The training is done 100% online.

The Google Africa Degree Scholarships comes on the heels of the announcement of 15,000 per-session scholarships and 500 nano-degree scholarships in March last year.

Florence notes that “Google’s ongoing initiatives, which focus on digital skills training, education, economic opportunities, and support for African startups and developers, demonstrate our commitment to helping develop a healthy and vibrant developer ecosystem.”

“By providing support for training and certification, we will help close the unemployment gap on the continent by increasing the number of employable software developers.”

Online courses, which vary in duration, provide students with:

* Directed skill development with coordinated paths and channels according to the chosen path.
* Access expert-led videos, available on demand with the Google mobile app and offline capabilities.
* Skills assessments that help students identify knowledge gaps and strengths, and allow them to share their competency on Facebook, Twitter and Stack Overflow.
*Support from the Pluralsight Help Center and Andela Learning Community to help students complete their course and prepare for their chosen Google certification exam.

Interested prospective students can apply here.

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