NITDA, Google Partner To Train One Million Software Developers

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is partnering with Google Nigeria in the training of one million software developers on how to build sustainable businesses and increase revenue using digital technologies.

This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by NITDA’s Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, and Google’s Head of Brand Reputation, Mr. Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde.

The NITDA-Google Hustle 2022, Academy Bootcamp was aimed at providing free online training for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to promote career skills and improving business operations, thereby helping small businesses to be repositioned and increase their revenue generation.

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According to the statement, the Director General NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa said, “we are excited about this partnership with Google Nigeria, in line with our initiative of building the capacity of one million software developers by the end of 2023.”

“The programme will assist small businesses grow by increasing revenue, positioning for investment, and building sustainable businesses for the future,” he said.

Similarly, the Head of Brand Reputation, Google Nigeria, Mr. Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, said, “We are excited to collaborate with NITDA to empower MSMEs to plan their digital marketing strategies, create business growth plans, identify new markets, access funding opportunities and pitch success”.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector is a backbone for economic growth and a major provider of employment opportunities in a country.

According to the National Bureau for Statistics, SMEs have contributed about 48% to Nigeria’s GDP in the last five years.

However, despite this significant contribution to Nigeria’s economy, challenges persist that hinder the growth and development of the sector. These include inadequate understanding on how to leverage digital tools for business growth, poor planning and management skills.

To address these challenges, NITDA has embarked onseveral initiatives to upskill and reskill Nigerians across all walks of life in line with the national agenda for a digital economy – the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).

In furtherance to provide massive employment opportunities through digital skills, NITDA has kick started an ambitious project to train one million software developers in the country.

Therefore, the Bootcamp will enable MSMEs to maximize their potentials and key into existing opportunities for socio-economic development.

The statement further stated that,” to ensure smooth and successful programme implementation, the following eligibility criteria for entry into the Bootcamp are set out.

“MSMEs with an existing business plan, with defined product/service offering and willing to scale up;

“Businesses that have at least two full time employees and have been operating for over twelve months; and

“Businesses that have generated profit in the last 12 months or 1-3 months away from break even,” it stated.

Google Hustle Academy is an initiative under Grow with Google ideals which provides free training, tools and resources to promote skills, career and business growth.

The Hustle Academy currently operate in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa to train MSMEs through live workshops, peer networking sessions and mentoring sessions.

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