CloudFactory, Safaricom partner to instill youth with digital skills

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Cloudfactory workers pose in front of the Cloudfactory logo. PHOTO/COURTESY: Reuters

Digital labor force firm CloudFactory has partnered with the Safaricom Foundation to imbue the youth with digital skills that will enable them to prosper in the global job market that is increasingly shifting towards digitization.

According to Cloud Factory’s Founder and CEO Mark Sears in a news report by the Business Daily, the learning initiative targets individuals between 18 and 25 years and it ties in with the firm’s mission of connecting people in developing countries with digital age work.

 “By advancing our mission in the region, we are extending our investment in the people of Kenya — providing meaningful work opportunities that uniquely align with the needs of the tech-forward companies we work with around the world.” Mr. Sears is quoted as saying by the Business Daily.

Mr. Sears consequently revealed that some of the skills partakers in the learning program will receive include: typing, spreadsheet expertise and web research. The programme will also incorporate enriched skills such as data processing and image annotation that underpin the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

On her part, Safaricom’s Head of Corporate Responsibility Sanda Ojiambo underscored the importance of shifting towards artificial intelligence and machine learning to spur economic growth.

 She said: “As the workplace continues to evolve, becoming more digital and technology-driven in nature, it’s critical for young men and women to develop and hone those foundational skills.”

“CloudFactory and Safaricom Foundation will help young people in Kenya build important digital aptitudes and experience, setting them up to be successful as they seek out jobs and begin to enter a competitive global job market,” Ms. Ojiambo added.

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