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AWIEF partners with GIZ and Amazon Web Services to launch Digital Skills Training Program

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has partnered with GIZ and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch a Digital Skills Training program for 60 young women in South Africa.As cloud technologies continue to transform businesses, professionals with cloud skills are in high demand.

This new AWIEF program, based on AWS re/Start, will enhance the skills levels and employability of unemployed and under-employed female youth in South Africa.

Raising digital literacy and skills will increase level of employability and work readiness. The program will build capacity and empower young women to embrace the future of technology, enhance entrepreneurial competencies, and access female role models and mentors.

The digital skills development and training program includes a one-week Bootcamp and 12-week full-time Virtual Learning, Monday through Friday. It will lead to two AWS Certifications (Foundation and Associate levels). Getting AWS Certified helps you showcase in-demand job skills, and builds your credibility and confidence. A Pathway to Career involves mentorship and working with entrepreneurial businesses for up to 3 months post-graduation.
Who should apply?
Applications are invited from young women who meet the following eligibility criteria:
Unemployed/underemployed females aged 21 to 40 years
Educational qualifications: Degree, NQF Level 7, Diploma, NQF level 5
Computer literacy/Basic IT skills
Access to laptop/personal computer
Access to stable internet/WiFi
Good command of verbal and written English
South African citizens/Permanent residents/Foreign nationals legally resident in South Africa
Willingness to take English aptitude test and IT assessment
Commitment to 13 weeks of full-time learning plus taking assessments to gain certificatio

Timeline: Applications open Thursday, 7th April 2022Applications close Monday, 25th April 2022 at 23:59 South Africa Standard Time (SAST)

Program starts: Monday 9th May 2022To submit an application for Digital Skills Training for Unemployed and Underemployed Young Females in South Africa, please follow this link:

Applications will only be accepted through the link above.For more information, please contact: [email protected]

To learn more about AWIEF, please visit

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