Google Incorporated CEO, Sundar Pichai, has said his firm would prepare 10 million Africans for ‘jobs of the future’ in the next five years.
He said this in a company conference held in Lagos, Thursday.
The pledge is in continuation of an initiative Google launched in 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people.
The company said a combination of in-person and online training would be offered in Swahili, Hausa and Zulu languages. Also mentioned was that women will take up 40% of the trainees.
Mr. Pichai said: “Nigerians have to write software for the local economy and we have a program to train over 100,000 software developers in Nigeria.”
The company also pledged a commitment of over $20 million in the next five years for nonprofit organisations in Africa.
Google announced plans to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship and working space access to more than 60 African start-ups over three years. The tech company also launched a new range of products in Africa starting with Nigeria at the event.
The products launched include Posts with Google, Gboard, Google Street View, Launchpad Accelerator and the YouTube Go.