Digital Explorers has launched applications for the second cohort of the program. The second session will be a female-only track that will select up to 15 female Data Analysts and Data Scientists at entry-level who will undergo up to 6 months paid traineeship in Lithuania. The program will consist of an intensive training and a placement at a Lithuanian company.
Digital Explorers launched in 2019, selecting 15 Nigerian ICT specialists, from a pool of 1,400 young talents. The first cohort of 15 digital explorers have spent a year in Lithuania, working, learning, and networking. They are now wrapping up their 1-year career advancement journey and transitioning to full-time, more permanent employment.
For the next cohort, Digital Explorers is partnering with Data Science Nigeria to identify and select Data Analysts/Scientists for its 2020 Virtual Bootcamp (to commence on October 20, 2020). The objective of this cohort is to support women in tech and contribute to closing the global tech gender gap by offering tailored data analysis / data science traineeships to selected participants.
Interested Nigerian entry-level female data analysts/scientists are required to register for the DSN Hackathon through this link in order to make it into the Virtual Bootcamp. This also gives an opportunity for Nigerian Companies with existing female entry level data scientists and analysts to encourage their staff to apply. Participants will receive tailored training, international exposure and return after 6 months better equipped to contribute to the success of the organization. Application for the DSN Hackathon closes on October 3, 2020.
The training participants will receive will be tailored to meet market demands in Lithuania and Nigeria. At the end of the programme, participants will be further assisted in finding the right employment opportunities in Nigeria.
Nigerian companies interested in hiring data analysts and data scientists in the future can partner by registering here to recruit participants who successfully complete the programme on their return from Nigeria.
In his vision essay about this program, Kola Aina, the founder of Ventures Platform, says the project is “about upskilling the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs and knowledge workers with global networks and connections. Our “Digital Explorers” will be working side by side with amazing people on world class teams, building products and services for global clients, and spending a lot of time in structured learning and networking activities… Looked at from a certain perspective, the people who make it into the Digital Explorers programme are effectively being paid to learn and acquire world class skills.”
Speaking on the launch of the second track of the Digital Explorers program, Eugenija Kovaliova, co-founder of AfriKo says: “Lithuanian ICT sector has been maturing significantly over the past decades and this has been recognized by many international tech companies, hiring Lithuanian specialists to work on complex projects. At Digital Explorers we want to open up an opportunity for Nigerian talents to work alongside Lithuania’s best and bring back acquired skills and knowledge for a stronger Nigerian digital landscape.”
Mimshach Obioha, the Executive Director at Ventures Platform Foundation, added: “The choice to focus on Data Analysts and Data Scientists is fueled by the growing global demand across different industries for jobs such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialists or Data Scientists.”
Digital Explorers is a career advancement program designed to harness the potential of Nigeria’s digital talents and create further opportunities for growth. This initiative is funded by the European Union, contracted by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) through the Mobility Partnership Facility, and will be implemented by a consortium of partners including Enterprise Lithuania, AfriKo, Ventures Platform, Diversity Development Group, and Code Academy. Digital Explorers consortium is well-equipped and includes public agency Enterprise Lithuania, policy and research non-profit AfriKo, Nigerian tech park Ventures Platform Foundation, ICT trainers Code Academy, and mobility experts Diversity Development Group.
Ventures Platform Hub is a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship across Africa. It provides smart capital through its early-stage fund, Ventures Platform Fund, it provides infrastructure and nurtures communities of entrepreneurs and innovators through Ventures Park and it builds pipeline by providing capacity and ecosystem support through its not-for-profit – Ventures Platform Foundation.