Startup Mzansi Foundation and BizFarm hosted the Digital Skills Startups powered by Google. The workshop was hosted at the Resolution Circle in Milpark on the 21st of September 2017.
WHAT IS THE DIGITAL SKILLS INITIATIVE?
This is an initiative announced by Google on April 12 this year to train 1 million young people in Africa on digital skills as part of Google’s contribution to growing Africa’s economy.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COVER? The program is a 3-hour workshop, covering 5 modules, which are:
1. The Online Opportunity
2. Building Your Online Presence
3. Introduction to Search Engine Marketing
4. Introduction to Mobile (Technologies)
5. Digital Jobs
At the end of the program, all attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Google as proof of attending. This training will be very beneficiery to all those who would like to improve their skills.
WHAT DOES IT COST FOR THE ATTENDEES?
The program has been fully sponsored by Google and attendees do not have to pay to attend. It’s FREE. No catch.
Resolution Circle CEO Prof Willem Clarke provided attendees with exclusive insights into the domestic and global startup ecosystem, and established a call to action to South Africa’s private sector and government institutions to work in partnership to support the next generation of high-growth companies.
Startup Mzansi CEO Sandile Shabangu talked about how Digital Skills are important in fueling the South Africa’s startup ecosystem.
“As South Africa looks forward to the next 150 years of entrepreneurship and innovation, it will be the businesses that start and scale today that will determine the future of South Africa’s long-term global competitiveness,” said Shabangu. “To create a supportive environment for these companies today, and to foster success in a more integrated global economy tomorrow, anchor companies and government must play a more dynamic role as buyers, testers, first adopters, investors, and partners creating connections for entrepreneurs to global supply chains.”