Trace partners Mastercard Foundation, launches Trace Academia for Young Africans

Trace and Mastercard Foundation launched today earlier. Trace Academia, an interactive, mobile-based learning app ‘, is available for download. It aims to empower 26 million young Africans with market-relevant skills.

Trace Academia can be accessed on iOS and Android. It has been tested successfully in four African countries. You can access courses in English or French. Soon, Portuguese courses will be available.

The learning content will include technical courses relevant to 15 different industries— including courses in energy, beauty, fashion, DIY, digital marketing, hospitality, creative arts, journalism, film, and technology—as well courses that are more broadly relevant, such as entrepreneurship, public speaking, and personal wellness.

To ensure that the courses featured on this application are relevant to employers and job market, they were developed in partnership with a leading industry organization.

“Our courses and certificates are created in partnership with influential players across the industry, governments, and non-profit sector.

This app is free and easy to use. It aims to provide 26 million African youth with the skills to find work or create it. I strongly believe that their current circumstances should never be a hindrance to their success,” Olivier Laouchez is the Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Trace.

“Two things are particularly exciting about Trace Academia. One is the platform’s ability to give young people complete flexibility and control over their learning.

Users can learn at their own pace and in their own time. They can also customize their journey to meet the changing demands of the workplace.

Second, the courses are highly practical and are designed in collaboration avec market-leading organisations to ensure that they are industry-relevant.

“The Mastercard Foundation is pleased to support this platform as part of our Young Africa Works strategy to enable 30 million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030,” Peter Materu is Chief Program Officer at Mastercard Foundation.

This platform makes a significant contribution to Africa’s youth unemployment agenda. As the youngest continent in the world, with nearly 65 percent of its population under the age of 25, Africa is home to the workforce of the future, and with the right skills and opportunities, young people will be the continent’s greatest drivers of transformation.

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