COVID-19 has created a global economic crisis, forcing millions of young Africans out of work. Some of the jobs lost will not come back, or at least not fast enough to meet demand. Those that do come back will look different, requiring more digital skills as companies race to change the way they work to respond to and recover from the pandemic. Other jobs will become more “tech-enabled,” requiring job seekers to have some level of digital fluency to be able to successfully pursue them.
In the post-COVID Africa, all young people – especially those from the hardest hit industries and the most vulnerable communities–will need to learn new skills to rejoin the workforce prepared for technical and tech-enabled roles that will be in even greater demand going forward.
"That’s why we have collaborated with Microsoft to help young people across Africa who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and want to re-skill for in-demand roles."