The African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched an online program aimed at equipping fresh graduates and job-seekers with practical skills to excel in their first jobs while exposing them to top employers.
Launchpad includes courses on setting personal and professional goals, personal productivity and time management and influencing others through networking and negotiating. The learning bundle comprises engaging video lessons, supported by local case studies, practical exercises, interactive quizzes and an innovative peer support system.
“Kenyan graduates are coming out of university with great academic credentials, but often struggle to find good jobs. At the same time, employers tell us that young people don’t have the skills they’re looking for. Launchpad aims to close that gap by equipping graduates with the skills they need to excel at work.” says Rebecca Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of AMI.
“The two-month Launchpad program covers key topics on work readiness skills.We will also host a networking session for the successful students with top employers from the region, an essential part of the program that is designed to prepare the students for the employment market.”
AMI has also been selected as one of the education providers for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center East Africa (Center). Launched by U.S. President Barack Obama, YALI, in partnership with a robust network of stakeholders such as AMI from across the continent and in the United States, aims to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.
“Since most young people in Kenya use technology avidly, we are using technology to reach as many people possible, at a price everyone can afford,” Rebecca Harrison concludes.
AMI has already reached over 10000 people across 25 African countries. This year, AMI is training thousands of professionals and entrepreneurs both online and through customized learning programmes with companies and organisations such as KAPS Ltd, Naked Pizza and the Rockefeller Foundation.
AMI will be targeting graduates from leading universities in the country, including institutions such as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Mount Kenya University (MKU), Unites States International University (USIU) and KCA. AMI aims to train 1 million African managers by 2023.