Tech training company ALX and Mastercard announce fully funded training for African youths

ALX, a leading global provider of training in the tech industry has announced a partnership with Mastercard, that will see thousands of young Africans benefit from  training programmes in various on-demand technology courses.

Trainees will be given fully funded training in Data Analytics, Data Science, Salesforce Administrator, and AWS Cloud Practitioner.

According to ALX, these courses cost between $7,500 – $39,750 in Africa and $14,500 – $79,500 in Europe and North America, but the partnership with Mastercard Foundation will allow eligible candidates access to these programmes at no cost.

“The new programmes have been developed with the aim of expanding ALX’s growing community of highly skilled professionals with qualifications that will keep evolving with the demands of the digital economy,” ALX said in a statement, adding that “they have been designed in response to the global AI Revolution and the high demand for Data Scientists and Data Analysts, along with the drive to hire people with cloud computing skills, which has been recognised as the most in-demand hard skill in the tech market. “

ALX is a division of African Leadership International (ALI), an ecosystem of organizations that are catalyzing a new era of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders.

Fred Swaniker, founder and CEO of ALI says that investing in African digital skills and innovation-driven learning is the best way to turn African potential into “best-in-class excellence.”

“As an organisation that has produced thousands of software engineers and professionals in the digital and tech arena, we recognise and advocate for the immense potential of African countries to benefit from a growing demand for skilled labour in those sectors globally,” Swaniker adds.

ALX has reportedly enrolled over 100,000 students since 2021. The company hopes to contribute a significant number of skilled personnel to address a talent shortage predicted to exceed 85 million people by 2030.

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