A scalable, innovative, employment solution for African youth

Transforming Education

Industry analysis has shown that, on average, it takes university graduates in Africa six years to find their first jobs. But on the demand side, even when jobs are available, employers still struggle to find early career professionals that have the skills they need for such roles. SFAN brings the needed fresh perspectives to the scene by equipping entry-level job seekers with requisite job readiness skills and helping employers find the brightest talents across the continent. We also help entrepreneurs to build businesses that thrive. We do the heavy lifting, you get 10x results without breaking the bank.

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WHAT YOUR PARTNERSHIP CAN DO


Actualising Youth Career Aspirations

A Case Study of

KEZIA OWUSU

An Insight Into The Problem




Youth unemployment was already a massive challenge for many African countries before Sars-Cov-2 came around. Go ahead and Google it. The numbers will make your brain hurt. Research by different organizations shows that in Africa, young people account for 60% of all joblessness. Even when jobs are available, many job seekers lack the skills needed by employers.

According to a recent UNICEF report, around 3 in 4 youth lack skills needed for employment, and a similar report notes that one in three youths think their education does not focus enough on skills needed for the workplace and are looking to governments, employers, and education providers to bridge the skills gap.

Cognizant of this significant imbalance, we established ReadyforWork to help young people live on their terms and, in turn, act as catalysts to inspire others to unlock their potentials. Kezia Owusu is one of the ReadyforWork cohort 4 alums. She's currently the Operations Advisor I Chana Consultant at TAAH- The African Art Hub (UK). Below is what she has to say about her experience of the immersive digital career accelerator program.

EXCERPT

Tell us about yourself and your job search experience before joining Readyforwork Digital Career Accelerator.

I'm an art practitioner (Writer, Curator, Artist, and Mentor), Social Media marketer and gallery associate. I was a graduate assistant at KNUST between 2018-2019. I've helped train and mentor students to develop their artistic voice and practice and nurture them through a successful final year exhibition. After 12 years in the arts and media industry, I developed interest in digital marketing and the ReadyforWork platform was the best platform I found.

What impact did the ReadyForWork Digital Career Accelerator have on you?

I wish I was 18 when I saw ReadyforWork digital career accelerator. I learned to believe in myself. I also learned how to use design thinking to drive innovation and essential social media marketing skills to drive sales, enhance audience engagement and build a community around a brand.

Partnership for progress

Working with SFAN

There are two main ways by which corperates and other stakeholders can gain exceptional value from partnering with us. Explore the options below and see how you can get involved in our global movement.

Corporate Partnerships

We've developed a range of investment models to cater to the different priorities and strategic needs of corporate organisation and government entities. From investment into SFAN, Event Production Collaboration, to Venture Bulding with SFAN in the corporates' specific sector or market.

Make an impact that matters

Join us to co-create EPIC events and programs in line with your corporate goals and values, and help young people live to their best potentials.

Scale Corporate Innovations

Partnering with us gives you an oppurtunity to elevate your position in the innovation ecosysytem and get premium brand exposure while solving real problems.

Access Right-Type Audience

SFAN has access to an impressive network of young people. By partnering with us, you can obtain actionable data, exclusive insights, and talents for corporate transformation.

Build a learning organisation

Partnering with us gives you numerous opportunities to help your employees develop their skills, enrich their jobs, and enhance their profile.

Make an impact that matters

Join us to co-create EPIC events and programs in line with your corporate goals and values, and help young people live to their best potentials.

Scale Corporate Innovations

Partnering with us gives you an oppurtunity to elevate your position in the innovation ecosysytem and get premium brand exposure while solving real problems.

Access Right-Type Audience

SFAN has access to an impressive network of young people. By partnering with us, you can obtain actionable data, exclusive insights, and talents for corporate transformation.

Build a learning organisation

Partnering with us gives you numerous opportunities to help your employees develop their skills, enrich their jobs, and enhance their profile.

Co-Building

We collaborate with brands and individuals to deliver EPIC entrepreneurship training that unlock the potential of recipients.

Employee Training

Partner with us to build programs that turn your employees into entrepreneurs. We use our proprietary trainig models to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of your employees, thereby, helping you enrich their jobs and drive your corporate goals further.

The State of Global Workplace survey by Gallup found that ONLY 19% of Ghanaian workers that were reviewed felt engaged. A majority of the respondents, 68%, felt not engaged. Not engaged in this context, they said, is that “employees are psychologically unattached to their work and company. Because their engagement needs are not being fully met, they’re putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work.”

Further, 12% of surveyed employees are actively disengaged. That means, “employees aren’t just unhappy at work — they are resentful that their needs aren’t being met and are acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers potentially undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.”

University Training

Obviously, the world has changed. Employers now need graduates with entrepreneurial mindset and not just job seekers. To quote the AfDB, the consequences of youth unemployment in Africa are pervasive and severe: unemployment translates to more impoverished living conditions, fuels migration out of Africa. It contributes to conflict on the continent itself.

Here are some numbers:

4m

6m

Number of people that secures a job annually

Total number of people who struggle to find jobs annually

The simple fact is this: there may never be enough jobs to employ all the youth who graduate from university. And even if possible, most jobs would be below the competencies and interests of these young people, leaving them hopelessly underemployed."

Africa needs to equip approximately 750M young people with digital skills by (UNESCO)

It takes an average university graduate six years to find their first job (AfDB)

The revenue opportunity size across Sub-Saharan Africa in digital skills is $130 billion through 2030 (IFC)

One in three youths thinks their education does not focus enough on skills needed for the workplace and are looking to governments, employers, and education providers to bridge the skills gap. (Prince's Trust International)

Population growth on the continent means that by 2035 , there will be more young Africans entering the workforce each year than in the rest of the world combined (IMF)

20m young people will join the workforce in Africa for the next two decades (Mo Ibrahim Fdn)

Partner with us to design tailor-made entrepreneurship programs for your students and give them the advantage to standout in the marketplace.

Partner for Progress

If you'd like to partner with us to scale our youth deveopment efforts, enhance your productivity or re-engineer your business process, reach out to us. We'll walk you through various partnership and investment options for increased ROI.

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Partner for Progress

If you'd like to partner with us to scale our youth deveopment efforts, enhance your productivity or re-engineer your business process, reach out to us. We'll walk you through various partnership and investment options for increased ROI.

Talk to us