Deloitte Africa has announced the launch of Africa Talent, a joint venture with Deloitte Netherlands that will connect Africa’s talents to global work opportunities while remaining physically located on the African continent.
Participants will be trained and developed in data analytics, consulting, cybersecurity, and other specialized digital technology skills. They will also work on financial and regulatory risk, sustainability, and internal audit.
Deloitte Africa Talent, Deloitte Africa, and Deloitte Netherlands said in a statement that they had committed an initial R25 million to the pilot initiative, with the intention of expanding it to other geographies in Europe in 2023.
According to the company, the program seeks graduates with little experience and those who are unemployed.
It stated that the initiative aims to tap into the continent’s young and growing population, using hybrid and remote working technology to meet talent needs in areas with an aging workforce, such as Western Europe.
Ruwayda Redfearn, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Africa, said in a statement, “Africa has the world’s youngest population and an enormous opportunity to tap into this resource by investing in and empowering the youth to reach their full potential.” Africa Talent will expose graduates from the continent to skills and opportunities they would not have had otherwise.
“In essence, Africa Talent seeks to instill hope in the next generation of our continent and the communities in which we operate.”
“For Deloitte Netherlands, Africa Talent provides us with access to a high-quality skills pool that fits the needs of our clients,” said Hans Honing, CEO of Deloitte Netherlands. This initiative exemplifies the global Deloitte network’s ability to drive innovative working models that better meet the demands of our dynamic world.”