The Bulb Africa is a talent incubator and tech hub that connects innovation from Africa to global opportunities. It institutes training and employment opportunities for tech talents, supports entrepreneurs with incubator programs that allow them to turn ideas into business realities as well as helps start-ups scale up with accelerator programs.
The target of the fellowship is individuals between the age bracket of 18 and 35 who are interested in gaining skills in Data Analysis, Quality Assurance, Product Design, or Product Management. Thus, it is calling the vibrant youths in Nigeria to apply for this once-in-lifetime 4-month training opportunity on or before April 1, 2022.
These young fellows will be paid as they learn and have the opportunity to sign up for the Bulb Institute Internship Programme affixed to the Fellowship where they will gain hands-on experience and start building their careers as product designers, product managers, and software engineers.
The full application criteria, which includes a university degree certificate as well as how to apply can be found on the Bulb Africa’s website: https://www.fellowship.thebulb.africa/
The Co-Founder and CEO of The Bulb Africa, Wande Adams said: “Africa can take advantage of the global high demand for technology talents as unemployment in Nigeria has reached 33% according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). Through technology, the fellowship program helps to bridge the talent gap on our continent. The World Bank says that 60% of the unemployed in the country are between the ages of 15 and 35. We set out with the Fellowship at the Bulb to equip that unemployed population with relevant tech skills and ensure that both startups and established organizations have quality human resources that make their businesses viable and sustainable”.
Modupe Durosinmi-Etti, Program Director at The Bulb Africa added by saying, “The Fellowship program was carefully designed, and all our tracks confer skills that are in-demand in the workplace. For this new cohort, we introduced tracks that do not require coding skills for individuals that are interested in non-technical roles in the ecosystem. Our graduates have gone on to secure well-paying jobs at local and international organizations and in this economy with lots of low paying jobs, this is an opportunity to change the earning power of young Africans”.
Valentine Madu, a graduate of the Fellowship and now a DevOps Engineer, commented on the impact of the Fellowship on his career, he said: “the fellowship program was the perfect launchpad for my career into DevOps Engineering. In the space of six months, I got useful knowledge that has launched me into my present career path which I am currently excelling in. I’m firm of the opinion that the fellowship offers its fellows a well-rounded education”.
Over 5500 applications have been received at The Bulb Africa since its first cohort in 2020. The successful applicants got paid as they learned their desired skills and received immediate internship placements. These benefits are also available to applicants of the fourth cohort.