At Skill Factory Africa, our focus is tripartite. In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are committed to:
- Eradicate Poverty (SDG1), by equipping the youths with relevant 21st Century skills through Quality Education (SDG4), which will in turn have a positively productive aftereffect by instigating Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8) in Africa via our training, partnerships and market place.
Skill factory Africa is facilitating technology enablement in education. According to research, ‘Digital access to education would ensure a border-less experience zeroing in on B2C education distribution channels.With learning material becoming remotely accessible, Edtech solutions could well and truly be the panacea for education for all’.
We are Enhancing and increasing accessibility and affordability of skills for personal, community and professional development of young Africans, creating and delivering enriched learning content that improves quality and relevance.
The Story( Documented by Victoria)
Skill Factory Africa is a edutech company set to equip young Africans with relevant career, personal development and business skills to thrive in these times.
I come from Lagos, Nigeria where we have over 12 million out of school children, Almost 16 million young Africans, around 13.4% of the total labour force of 15-24 year olds, are facing unemployment(according to Ibrahim Forum Report), poor welfare system, domestic violence cases in high numbers, a situation which, unfortunately, is not uncommon in the society from which I come. I recognized early in life that these situations were unnatural.
Today, according to the United Nations, youths account for 20% of Africa’s total population. If one includes all people aged below 35, this number increases to a staggering three quarters of Africa’s population and despite the many policies and programmes, youth unemployment remains a major problem to the development process of the African economy.
Even as a child, I wanted to ‘do something’ about these widespread and appalling conditions of youth unemployment which has become an obstacle to community and national development. As I grew up and discovered that there existed a whole career path dedicated to solving these issues, I was determined to be a part of it and got a passionate team.
In the university, there are a lot of tales of how without connections graduates would not be properly employed. I rebelled against that belief and connected with graduates who were doing well, I realized something was constant across them- Skills! Beyond the academic pursuits they either had life and soft skills or relevant technical skills. I decided to be a connector and create access points for skills development. This birthed the get up youth Africa community on Facebook where we brought in trainers and mentors to train the young people we had in the group. It grew to 3000!
We became clearer on the vehicle to drive change and launched a specific program called the skill up academy in 2019. We empowered over 750 young Nigerians in about 17 skills, it was a 4 week program and the testimonials were amazing!!
This was done on WhatsApp and facebook, as someone given to growth my team and I thought of better ways to drive this vision. We upgraded by building an LMS(learning management system) and this was before Covid! We didn’t know learning would become more virtual but we tapped into the future. We recorded good success with the launch.
In 2020, we registered and launched the Skill Factory Africa platform!! Major major! A subscription site, I like to call it the Netflix of skills. The LMS was bigger and better to serve beyond the Nigerian Populace and just two months after the launch we hosted a Bootcamp – for African youths! Over 8500 African youths! With about 26 relevant courses and 26 experts across the world. We partnered with Total Nigeria to bring in their experts, facebook Nigeria, Jci and other organizations.
In 2021, we decided to make it even better! An App + Community+ Courses!!! Social learning in full!
Aside from the elearning platform this also creates access to community and support. Victoria partnered with a friend Blessing Ede who became the Managing Partner.
SFA is a transformational community of visionaries who are ready to be equipped enough to scale their dreams in whatever industry they are occupying. We are ready to scale and make more impact with an even better system and structure.
According to the World Bank, Low skills perpetuate poverty and inequality. When done right, skills development can reduce un- and underemployment, increase productivity, and improve standards of living. Helping people develop and update their skills makes economic sense.
The development of skills can contribute to structural transformation and economic growth by enhancing employability and labor productivity and helping countries to become more competitive.
Education and skill development is the key to national development and an essential tool for sustainability.
This platform has prevented about 10,000 youths from being liabilities by providing them access to skills. Skills acquisition is the key in the fight for the elimination of hunger and poverty, reduction or elimination of joblessness in the society and reduction of crime through effective engagement of youths. There are obvious shortcomings to these training opportunities and this is why the Skill Factory Africa stepped in.
With The COVID-19 pandemic came the need to truly close the gap and Via this factory, we aim to scale the skills of over 4,000,000 youths and provide 500,000 employment opportunities through direct training and our marketplace.
The more skills are developed, the more they effectively perform in their enterprises and the more they create employment opportunities for others.
Skill Factory Africa is Africa’s first Affordable Online Learning Platform to empower young professionals and creatives with relevant skills for business growth, employment opportunities, work effectiveness and personal transformation.
“With great courses to explore skill factory empowers you for MORE.”
Targeting 3 arms of young people in Africa.
- Young persons(graduates): social innovators, entrepreneurs and career professionals
We look forward to having you on board this project. It’s about all of us