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Deloitte invests in digital skills

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Deloitte Africa has announced the launch of Africa Talent, a joint venture with Deloitte Netherlands to connect Africa’s talents to global work opportunities while being physically based on the African continent.

The scheme will train and develop participants in data analytics, consulting, cybersecurity, and other specialised digital technology skills. They will also work in areas including financial and regulatory risk, sustainability as well as internal audit.

In a statement, Deloitte Africa Talent, Deloitte Africa, and Deloitte Netherlands said they had committed an initial investment of approximately R25m to the pilot initiative, with the intention of expanding it to other geographies in Europe in 2023.

According to the company, the programme aims to recruit graduates with limited experience and those without employment.

It stated that the initiative seeks to tap into the continent’s youthful and growing population, using hybrid and remote working technology to service the talent needs in areas characterised by an aging working population — like Western Europe.

In a statement, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Africa, Ruwayda Redfearn, said, “Africa has the youngest population in the world and an immense opportunity to tap into this resource by investing and empowering the youth to reach their full potential. Africa Talent will expose the continent’s graduates to skills and opportunities they may otherwise not have had.

“In essence, Africa Talent aims to create hope for the next generation of our continent and the communities we operate within,”

The CEO of Deloitte Netherlands, Hans Honing, added, “For Deloitte Netherlands, Africa Talent provides us with access to a high-quality skills pool that fits the needs of our clients. This initiative demonstrates the power of the global Deloitte network to drive innovative working models that better meet the demands of our dynamic world.”

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