Every year for the next two decades, an estimated 15-20 million people will enter the African labor market. Further, by 2030, Africa will be home to more than a quarter of the global total under 25, accounting for 60% of the continent's total population and 15% of the world's current workforce. This population growth will undoubtedly establish Africa as the new frontier for technological innovation (World Economic Forum, 2019).
That is why we are so excited to announce our partnership with Tunga to be able to help more talented people in Africa connect to life-changing opportunities and excel in international tech careers.
This partnership will help;
At Microverse, we help global talent change their lives through remote training to enter and thrive in the international job market. Our number one goal is to help students get well-paying and rewarding jobs as web developers. Throughout the program, students spend ten months learning and working through programming languages and concepts and acquiring many professional and technical skills, all while learning collaboratively online.
Further, our extensive remote and cross-cultural training ensures that these developers are ready for global web development opportunities. We have already helped thousands of students from over 100 countries improve their lives through our Full-stack Web Development Program at Microverse.
Here’s what some Microverse students from Africa had to say:
"For me, it was a no-brainer. I wanted to try Microverse because while the alternatives would give you a tutorial or a course, you have to do it alone, but with this, I had the accountability."
Kevin Mwangi, Senior Software Developer at Microsoft, Kenya.
"I am passionate about software engineering. I was willing to do whatever it took, so with that drive, I joined Microverse. This, what I have now, is my dream job - a couple of years ago, I didn't know this was actually even possible for me.” Musa Jabbararu Ntege, Software Engineer at DigiSure, Uganda.
Tunga is committed to ensuring that everyone has equal access to opportunities. Tunga's vision is to live in a world where every young person has the opportunity to create and live a meaningful and successful life. Their search for software developers brought them to the African continent, where they realized African youths do not have the same opportunities as their peers in other parts of the world. Tunga hopes to create a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Tunga's mission includes creating modern, cool, and well-paying jobs for African youths to take control of their destiny.
Tunga believes in the power of business to transform society and is on a mission to Unleash Africa’s tech talent. Tunga has already helped 150+ companies worldwide with IT staffing and software outsourcing.
The Tunga platform helps remove barriers African youth face to joining international software teams and projects. Tunga now supports more than 900 skilled African software developers and engineers. The company has an established and extensive network in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Egypt and is continuously expanding.
Mark Akampurira, a software developer who has worked with two Tunga clients, shared that his Tunga experience has allowed him to understand cultural differences and the value of communication.
He further emphasizes, "You also have to learn and appreciate the business model the clients are running, for them to be able to appreciate the kind of problems they are trying to solve. And that comes with asking a lot of questions.”
Given the open source community's current adoption of production methods, it is evident software is increasingly being developed by virtual teams. At the same time, there is a global shortage of software developers worldwide. While Microverse focuses on training world-class developers to fill global gaps, Tunga focuses on placing developers in remote jobs that provide them with the experience necessary to compete globally.
We are working together to ensure that we can have a more significant impact by providing youth with the necessary skills and opportunities to build functioning software systems from anywhere in the world without geographical or language limitations.
Tunga developers looking to upskill or challenge themselves with a new technology know to count on Microverse for that hands-on training. Developers who have completed our Full-Stack Web Development program look to Tunga to support their journey to launching their careers in the international tech world.
Since Tunga is committed to developing African talent, they will accept Micronaut applications that come with varying levels of experience rather than the usual 3 years they ask for.
Tunga's website provides an application process that will track and consider Micronauts who apply through it. Here is a special link for Micronauts here to apply to so that they can be tracked even easier.
This partnership is just the beginning of what Tunga and Microverse can do together. We look forward to seeing how our collaboration and young people in Africa’s lives evolve through our work together. Learn more about Microverse and our online web development program, or if you’re from Africa, learn how Tunga can help you land a tech role. To get involved in or support both initiatives by working with African talent, please feel free to contact us.
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