Nexford College – the Washington DC-based, next-generation college platform providing inexpensive, US-accredited levels worldwide has signed a partnership with Africa Digital Media Institute (“ADMI”) – a coaching platform for Africa’s creatives, and the Federation of Kenya Employers (“FKE”) – the employers’ membership physique in Kenya to handle graduate recruitment challenges .
The partnership follows Nexford’s enlargement into East Africa – furthering the expansion of its learner base throughout the continent, together with Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. Since inception in 2019 – Nexford learners worldwide have accomplished over 33,000 skills-focused programs, getting ready them for the Twenty first-century office.
Fadl Al Tarzi, founder and CEO of Nexford College, commented: “We’re excited to be partnering with FKE and ADMI to conduct essential analysis into the Kenyan employment panorama. Because the Kenyan economic system continues to develop and bear digital transformation, Nexford is well-placed to handle native and international expertise shortages. We stay up for collaborating to upskill Kenyan youth – enabling their job readiness in Kenya and setting them up for future careers.
“The partnership and survey will permit us to additional tailor our academic choices to the abilities gaps confronted by employers, delivered in an inexpensive, high-quality, method accessible for 21st Century learners. Learners will graduate with in-demand abilities creating alternatives to enhance social mobility and entry higher-paying careers. Kenyan employers may even profit from an improved pool of expertise providing the abilities wanted to develop their companies, an asset to the complete nation’s economic system,” he added.
The primary part of the partnership will see FKE perform a nationwide survey on recruitment wants, and talent gaps confronted between employers and staff in Kenya. The analysis was co-designed by FKE, ADMI, and Nexford College and commenced in March 2023 protecting 270 of Kenya’s largest employers. The analysis will establish abilities in highest demand, abilities shortages, and analyze how the wants of employers are evolving based mostly on evolving market circumstances embody digital transformation and synthetic intelligence.
Following the analysis part, the findings will then be analyzed to tell Nexford College and ADMI’s growing curriculum for East African learners. Nexford already has vital expertise with this strategy, as its AI-driven curricula is developed by way of evaluation of hundreds of thousands job openings, with programs designed to supply the abilities most demanded by employers.
The ultimate part of the partnership will see the event of Nexford ‘pathway packages’ and upskilling programs, in partnership with Kenyan organizations and catered to their particular wants. These packages will ship job prepared expertise, in addition to present current staff with particular paths to upskill themselves and ship larger worth to the organizations they work for. Nexford may even cooperate with FKE to launch sources for employers to boost the hiring course of and enhance retention of staff.
Jacqueline Mugo, EBS Government Director & CEO of the Federation of Kenya Employers, commented: “Because the Federation of Kenya Employers, we settle for this prolonged hand of partnership, and we consider that this collaboration will make huge contribution in abilities improvement for the world of labor in our Nation and past. As an employers’ Federation, we perceive that the world of labor is being impacted by a fourth industrial revolution and reworked by synthetic intelligence & different rising applied sciences. This may end result within the displacement of numerous employees and therefore to forestall this, there may be want for workforce upskilling and reskilling.
We due to this fact view this partnership as an enormous window and a possibility to assist in closing the prevailing hole between the abilities provide and abilities demanded within the job market. We consider that this partnership will assist in figuring out gaps and consequently constructing expertise amongst college students and employees thus making it straightforward for learners to hyperlink up with applicable jobs and on the identical time assist employers to get entry to the abilities they want inside their organizations. This may improve workers retention and enterprises productiveness”.
Aggrey Oriwo, CEO of the Africa Digital Media Institute, stated: “The event of market-ready abilities will contribute to financial development by enhancing employability and labor productiveness, serving to Africa’s youth to turn into extra aggressive. To realize this we’ve got to take a look at what’s the present state of affairs and as a coaching floor bridge the hole between the labor demand and provide sides to search out the right combination for fulfillment. At ADMI we help employers round Africa by designing and implementing packages and curriculums geared toward addressing essentially the most basic challenges of abilities improvement.”
Nexford’s graduates, educated with in-demand abilities highlighted by the FKE survey, will likely be well-positioned to make the most of employment alternatives in Kenya’s quickly rising tech sector. Kenya is more and more attracting main worldwide expertise corporations trying to increase their presence on the continent – opening up additional alternatives for the nation’s tech expertise. Google is investing in its first-ever African product improvement hub in Nairobi as a part of a KES 115.5 billion funding within the area, and Microsoft has introduced the opening of two new places of work for the African Improvement Heart (ADC) in Kenya and Nigeria, reinforcing its dedication to growing tech expertise in Africa.
Nexford’s tech-enabled enterprise mannequin delivers schooling effectively with out compromising on high quality. The typical annual tuition for a Grasp’s diploma from Nexford prices $2,800 – a fraction of the US nationwide common of $36,000. Nexford obtained its full, US accreditation for its programs by the Distance Schooling Accrediting Fee in early 2023.