Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,- 作为建立数字技能能力，就业性和关闭非洲大陆技能差距的一部分，微软4AFrika与潘 - 非洲Edtech公司和天才公司Gebeya Inc.和埃塞俄比亚技术和创新研究所合作（威廉希尔体育官网Techin）在埃塞俄比亚推出其第一个虚拟技能。
事实上，世界经济论坛（WEF）Future of Workreport estimates that automation and AI alone could displace 75 million jobs by 2022 while creating another 133 million new roles as companies rework the division of labour between humans and machines.
随着新技术推动低技能jobs的下滑，需要追求竞争力的upskill和reskill。这在非洲尤其如此，技能差距仍然存在。根据WEF调查，87％of African business leaders are concerned about the availability of key skills with 45% noting “extreme” concern. Addressing the skills gap is critical to Africa’s future success.
威廉希尔体育官网微软4非洲SkillsLab计划帮助学生ents to develop essential workplace skills and provide them with practical experiences, leveraging emerging technologies to develop innovative technology solutions. The SkillsLab will work with the students virtually to develop these skills. After graduating from the programme, apprentices have priority access to jobs through the Microsoft Partner Network. In addition, the skills gained from the programme ensure that these graduates have the know-how to become successful entrepreneurs.
“超越了新兴技术推动的变化率，需要龙头和持续的学习机会，可以衍生实际利益”，区域总监Microsoft 4afrika区域总监Amrote Abdella表示。威廉希尔体育官网“通过其技能倡议，微软旨在通过技能和上升个人来解决这些挑战，以充分抓威廉希尔体育官网住这些机会。”
“We are excited to be working with Microsoft to introduce this new version of the already previously successful SkillsLab programme as it directly aligns with Gebeya’s values of increasing employability, productivity, and producing the best of African talent,” says Amadou Daffe, CEO and Co-Founder of Gebeya. “Apprentices of the programme will receive top-line training and mentoring as well as the market-relevant hands-on experience in project management needed to meet global standards.”
“We have partnered with Microsoft in this initiative as it is a vital support mechanism in helping to bridge the skills gap and increase employability rates for our talented young graduates. This SkillsLab will ensure career readiness for apprentices by providing them with not only DevOps and Data Science skills, but also critical thinking, collaboration and communication, and creative skills,” adds Sandokan Debebe, Director General of TechIn.
A second partnership with Tulane University Centre for Global Health Equity and Microsoft 4Afrika set up a SkillsLab (previously known as the AppFactory) to develop digital skills in healthcare at the Wollo University Kombolcha Institute of Technology. In January 2018, the first cohort of 21 apprentices graduated and 90% secured jobs as programmers, working for Wollo University and major hospitals across Addis Ababa.
In seven years, the 4Afrika initiative has produced 2,073 graduates from 19 SkillsLabs across the continent, with an 85% employment rate achieved within three months of graduating. The initiative has been recognised by the International Finance Corporation as a best practice example of developing skills in sub-Saharan Africa.