Access Bank, Africa’s leading financial institution, has declared open applications to the next cohort of its tech-driven scholarship programme, Advance Africa.
Launched in 2022 in partnership with Udacity to provide in-demand digital skills to young, vibrant African youth working to transform Africa’s economy through digital reform, Advance Africa has trained over 10,000 people through its programme paths including Business Analytics, Data Science, Digital Marketing, Introduction to Programming, and Product Management.
Daniel Akumabor, Chief Information Officer, Subsidiaries, Access Bank PLC, expressed his excitement about the partnership, saying, “We are thrilled to partner with Udacity to provide young Africans with access to world-class digital technology education. Access Bank has always been at the forefront of empowering African youth across societies with relevant skills to unleash their potential and prepare them for the future of work. This initiative aligns with our upscaling commitment to youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, and driving innovation across the continent.
“With Advance Africa, we hope to empower youths by providing them with skills needed to make necessary contributions to Africa’s economy and make a name in the world,” he concluded.
Designed with robust curriculums, internship opportunities to work with leading experts on real-world projects and a charitable scholarship scheme, Advance Africa has transformed the career trajectory of over 10,000 young Africans across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda, Guinea, Zambia, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Congo (DRC).
Kai Roemmelt, CEO of Udacity stated, “Our aim is to amplify the reach and impact of the Advance Africa programme with a scholarship scheme that will cater to 2,000 beneficiaries over the entire scholarship period
“Through this tech initiative, we are confident that younger Africans will apply to the cohorts and acquire invaluable knowledge and skills,” he stated.
Interested individuals between the ages of 20 and 30 are encouraged to apply through the Advance Africa website, www.advance-africa.org, for available programme paths. Shortlisted candidates will undergo a selection process, after which successful applicants will embark on their learning journey, supported by a dedicated network of mentors and industry experts.
Since its inception, the Advance Africa programme has given thousands of young professionals the competitive edge to thrive in the global corporate ecosystem, as well as an opportunity to work with Africa’s largest retail bank.
About Access Bank
Access Bank is a world-leading financial institution with a vision to positively impact the community by creating a pipeline of quality, tech-inclined talent. The bank is devoted to building tenacious leaders who will be digitized enough to fearlessly take on future career paths, especially in the banking industry. The institution has, through several initiatives, successfully taken in, trained, and produced youth who are gradually changing the face of Africa.