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SkillsLab is 4Afrika’s employability and capacity building programme. It develops the digital skills, coding capabilities and workplace readiness of young graduates. Apprentice developers spend up to six months working with senior software technicians to develop essential workplace skills and the ability to design and implement modern software solutions.
Building the 21st Century Workforce
Microsoft SkillsLab is an Apprenticeship programme developed by Microsoft 4Afrika to upskill talented youth and address the digital skills gap in the industry and the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The SkillsLab programme develops digital skillsets on cloud and emerging technologies, coding capabilities and workplace readiness of young university graduates.
In seven years, over two thousand young people have graduated from 25 SkillsLabs in twelve countries across the continent, with the large majority moving into jobs within three months of graduating. The initiative has been recognised by the International Finance Corporation as a best practice example of developing skills in sub-Saharan Africa.
Each SkillsLab is a hands-on learning experience lasting up to six months that enables recent graduates to develop essential workplace skills combined with practical project experience. The apprentices work under the supervision of highly experienced mentors to implement real-world solutions. Apprentices also successfully take Microsoft Certification exams on emerging technologies.
After graduating from the programme, apprentices have priority access to jobs through their host partners and the Microsoft Partner Network. In addition, the skills gained from these programmes ensure that these graduates have the know-how to become successful entrepreneurs.
There are currently 25 SkillsLabs operating in countries across Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cape Verde, Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, Malawi, Morocco, Botswana, Ethiopia and Jordan. 2,455 apprentices have graduated from the SkillsLabs, with more than 2,000 securing full-time employment within three months of graduating.