New economy: a partnership for providing youth from West Africa with the data-driven skills required to partake in the global economy

Blossom Academy accomplishes transformational outcomes through a live, cohort-based learning experience. The skills-based curriculum is designed in collaboration with industry partners and pedagogically is reflective of real-world experience. Students will be able to apply analytical knowledge and will also receive coaching in critical soft skills. The majority of this experience is delivered virtually, which enables Blossom Academy to leverage technology for quick, accurate fellow assessments. This 6-month program is intended for youth from West Africa - starting from Ghana - who wants to pursue a career in data science or launch a data-driven startup.

This commitment is part of:

Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth

Entity

Blossom Academy Private sector

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Partners

  • DataCamp

    Private sector

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

  • Microsoft

    Private sector

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

description

In consultation with employers across industries, Blossom Academy identified a gap in skilled, available young people in the area of Data Analytics. Data Analytics came up as a job in high demand across industries and one in which competency required is clearly demonstrated. To design an effective curriculum, Blossom Academy works with select businesses to understand their data-related deficiencies. In return, business obtain access to graduates. Blossom Academy also works with educational partners, such as DataCamp, to repurpose their educational resources for their program.

Blossom Academy recruits applicants with backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, and software engineering. This approach - coupled with competitive peer learning, mentor-based learning, and project-based experience - contributes to sustainable capacity building in our 6-month training program. Additionally, 70% of the program is facilitated in virtual classrooms, which enables Blossom Academy to leverage technology for quick, accurate student assessments. The in-person lectures are facilitated by leading data scientists who provide knowledge support. Since Blossom Academy believes in creating self-sufficient data-driven leaders, professional readiness workshops are delivered for achieving effectiveness.

Blossom Academy's business model ensures the organization remains investing in the students, which is supported by alumni services and continuous education. For this reason, Blossom Academy cultivates strategic partnerships with businesses and universities to help fulfill its mission of connecting talented young people across Africa to the global economy.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 50 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Blossom Academy will train 50 young people on relevant skills, including analytical, leadership and soft skills. The initial target is university graduates from Ghana. Blossom Academy has currently cultivated relations with universities to access their talent pool and with tech companies to assess their data-related challenges before designing the curriculum.

    BY: Mar 2020

Start

16-Mar-2019

End

31-Mar-2020

USD 41,330

Estimated total value of the commitment

50

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 20-24, 25-29

Primarily:
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Low-income individuals
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond

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