Help us build a more diverse tech industry by developing Africa’s Digital Talent
By: Guest Author
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At Eventerprise, we believe companies are driven by both youth and diversity in the workplace. As we build up our internship programme, we’re hosting young people from all over the world in various departments including sales, design, content, finance, development, HR, and in other capacities. People aged 18-30 make up half of our office team. However, as our internship programme is unpaid, we have noticed that many local South Africans are unable to participate.
We want to make sure these barriers to entry do not prevent the best and the brightest from gaining experience and working with our company. Too many young people from Africa lack the resources they need to complete an unpaid internship, and we want to help. Through a funding partnership with larger organisations and foundations, we hope to help these students complete our Young Gun internship programme.
We have the small office environment, early stage status, and geographical location that permits us to pay close attention to young adults and develop their business and digital skills. We believe that larger international companies and foundations have the fiscal resources to make a difference, but struggle to find initiatives that are results-based and interactive in nature. The future will be driven by both meaningful private social impact initiatives and partnerships between established companies and start-ups. That’s why we kicked off our Africa’s Got Digital Talent initiative this week.
But before we enter our final project stage and begin reaching out to these international organisations, we want to make sure we do this right. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for people who interact with (African) non-profits, educational institutions, foundations, what have you, that work with people aged 18-30 who may be unable to complete unpaid internships. If you’re a matriculated student who is unable to fund an unpaid internship, we’d like to hear from you too. We believe that the best way to fill the gaps in our knowledge is to ask the people who work in this capacity first hand.
In order to facilitate open input and development of our initiative, we’ve created a survey – and would appreciate it if you would take it, or forward it to someone whose opinion you think may be valuable in this regard. We hope that with open conversation and discussion, we can create a chain of partnerships that will add value and create a meaningful program based at our Cape Town operational hub.
If you have any questions with regards to either the survey or the program you are welcome to get in touch by emailing [email protected].
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