The AppDeveloper Conference by Codetrain was held in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city on 19th October, 2018. It was held at the Allotey Auditorium, College of Sciences, of the Kwame Nkrumah Universtity of Science and Technology (KNUSST).
There is shortage of professional software developers in Ghana and the global software space as a whole, because of the fast digitisation of many economies driven by the proliferation of smart-phones, fast internet and the rise of ecommerce.
The Codetrain App Developer Conference was a call to all who are interested in learning about how they can acquire the necessary skills in becoming professional software developers so that they can get the readily available job opportunities.
The conference also educated attendees on how they can get support from local and international funding organizations, incubators and accelerators to start their own successful software companies after learning skills in app development.
Codetrain also launched its app training programme at the event to offer an opportunity to people in Kumasi to transform them into professional app developers so that they can also get access to the job and entrepreneurial opportunities Codetrain offers to its students in Accra.
Richard Brandt, the CEO of Codeotrain said, “I believe Africa is the future of technology talent and with the right technical education and mentorship, we can make Ghana a global powerhouse for software talent recruitment.”
Shadrach Boadu, a senior developer and consultant at Andela, graced the event event by inspiring the students with his story of how he became a successful software developer to work for both local and international software companies.
A little about Codetrain?
Codetrain is a practical web and mobile app training programme which transforms Ghana’s youth into professional software developers and then connects them to job opportunities in local and international companies. Codetrain’s approach to training is a holistic model where students get trained on industry based simulated projects to get practical experience as well as training in the soft skills required to be successful in today’s modern workplace.
Over the past year, Codetrain has held training bootcamps for thousands of students, educational institutions in Ghana including KNUST, Lancaster University, Ashesi University, and the Achimota SHS. Codetrain has also trained over 250 professional software developers and has placed them in top software companies such as Meqasa, Ghana’s leading online real estate listing site and Talamus, an award winning Ghanaian health app.
In 2019, Codetrain seeks to train over 1000 Ghanaian youth in professional web and mobile app developers to meet the high demand by companies for tech talent.
If you are interested in joining Codetrain’s program, register on their website.
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Womenpreneur Digital Hub to Promote Digital Skills & More for MENA Women
The Entrepreneurship Academy of the SANAD Fund for MSME and Womenpreneur Initiative have once again teamed up to champion women’s economic equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In March 2021, the partners launched the Womenpreneur Digital Hub, an online knowledge and resource-sharing platform that aims to expand women’s access to skills-building tools in a time when lockdowns and economic contraction have disproportionately impacted female employment in the region.
The coronavirus crisis has forced many women out of the workplace through a constellation of factors: Economically, it has taken a particularly heavy toll on sectors where women are overrepresented, such as retail, care, and food service. School and daycare closures have added further pressure, with many households placing the responsibility for at-home schooling and childcare solely upon women. As a result, although women in MENA comprise only a quarter of the region’s total workforce, they account for over half of COVID-related job losses.
The Womenpreneur Digital Hub aims to help women regain their economic footing through a three-fold approach. First, online training will be offered free of charge for hub members to hone skills that empower them on the job market, such as financial knowledge, digital literacy, and business management. High-profile speakers will provide insights into current industry trends and tips on accessing career opportunities. Second, the hub will connect users for mutual information and support, experience exchange, and valuable network-building. In this way, the platform intends to accelerate the third factor, which is to open up potential employment paths for those whose careers have been upended by the crisis.
Ines Ebrecht, Chairperson of the SANAD Technical Assistance Facility which runs the SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy, said: “Women’s employment is not only a social justice issue, it is also an economic one. Women’s ability to participate in the workforce not only provides them with financial stability and freedom on an individual level, it also enables an economy to fully open the tap on creativity, entrepreneurship, productivity, and income generation. The SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy is glad to once again join with Womenpreneur Initiative to advance gender parity as a key to prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Womenpreneur CEO and founder Sana Afouaiz said: “The pandemic provoked a major setback in gender equality and threatens to walk back decades of progress. Yet we can also pivot to grasp the opportunities. As the world entered into lockdown, the transition to online work has created a growing demand for digital jobs. The Womenpreneur Digital Hub is targeted toward equipping women to future-proof their skills and give them valuable knowledge for the employment market. Our aim is to ensure that every woman and girl in MENA has access to the tools that will help her realize her full economic potential.”
Sign up for the hub at: www.womenpreneur-digital.com
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