Complementing the government moves to confront youth unemployment in Tanzania, the homegrown company, Smart Codes, through its Smart Lab, has entered in a partnership with the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) in a move that will see universities not only to produce high-quality graduates who have all the necessary employability skills but also get university students to be employed sooner and to better jobs.
“Given the opportunity in technology, we believe that there is a great opportunity in cultivating good tech talent and young entrepreneurs with a powerful innovative mindset from universities for future great tech-based companies. Smart Lab aims at ensuring that this program is effective and has measurable and tangible results by the time it ends.
This program is designed to accommodate over 400 students in a couple of universities in Tanzania, that is University of Dar es Salaam, St Joseph University, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology and Institute of Finance and Management” - The CEO and founder of Smart Codes Edwin Bruno said.
The Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) under the University Outreach program will be conducting online training to university students in Tanzania as a capacity building program in the areas most critical to employment and also getting them to understand the innovation practices in relation to problem-solving and coming up with groundbreaking solutions.
“This will students a chance to think about the problems around them, co-create innovative solutions, and develop business cases around these solutions.
The program has various activities including Soft skills training, Human-centered design thinking workshops, Corporate Hackathons that involve partnering with various organizations and companies in the corporate world, and these activities are ended with the career fair mainly in the tech & engineering industry,” – Bruno said.
Smart Lab has also partnered with a number of companies and is looking forward to partnering with more to bring in the room for corporates to connect with young talents but also share their challenges with young innovative minds for solutions that are likely to bring a new perspective in their companies and businesses in general.
“As the program begins, Smart Lab welcomes all young people open to learning and challenging themselves to grow, register, and join the program. This will be a great opportunity and space for them to learn and realize their potential as young people; and also a new beginning for them to understand their careers and choose the right path for their growth in their careers.
We are looking forward to keeping empowering young people and connecting them with corporates to enable the birth of groundbreaking solutions that will impact communities, powerful tech teams and most importantly young people with the highest self-awareness skills that will transform the corporate world and the innovation ecosystem of Tanzania to boost the economy of Tanzania and Africa in general,” Bruno said.
Smart Lab is an innovation platform that links learning institutions with corporate partners to empower groundbreaking solutions that will impact communities.