Many African economies are struggling to meet the need for the digital skills, including data science and artificial intelligence expertise, that are needed for organisations to truly get the best out of digital transformation in the public and private sectors.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted efforts to address this, requiring skills development initiatives to move wholly online.
The Cambridge Spark MasterStart partnership aims to address this through providing access to world-class, online courses that address the need for hard technical skills combined with the human skills leaders need.
Cambridge Spark is a UK-based specialist provider of data science and artificial intelligence courses. MasterStart has spent recent years building out its portfolio of management and leadership courses in partnership with South African business schools including USB-Ed, University of Cape Town and GIBS. The company delivers programmes to over 5,000 students each year and has provided training in over 60 countries.
This partnership with Cambridge Spark signals both MasterStart’s international expansion and a move into key data and analysis skills with world class technology training providers.
Comments Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa at the UK Department for International Trade: “We welcome the Cambridge Spark and MasterStart partnership. With 230 million jobs across the continent requiring digital skills by 2030, this collaboration is timely and essential, demonstrating the impact we can make when we work together and share our knowledge and expertise to help increase skills development and prosperity across Africa.
"Through Cambridge Spark’s leading data analysis and AI online training courses, students can acquire the skills they need to grow and utilise their newfound knowledge to contribute to technological advancements in essential industries like healthcare, education, financial services, and agriculture.”
“This partnership aims to develop and promote the use of data analysis to accelerate technological and data-driven innovation that will help unlock Africa’s potential on a global scale,” adds Cambridge Spark Founder and CEO Raoul-Gabriel Urma. “It will also contribute to data science skills development and the empowerment of African youths in a field that is increasingly providing opportunities for career advancement.”
The first courses kicked off earlier this month.