South African-based recruitment platform, Giraffe has launched a variety of free online courses in a bid to help job seekers in the country develop their skills and increase their chance of employment.
Anish Shivdasani, Giraffe CEO while speaking about the initiative said,
“We are excited to launch the new courses for jobseekers- especially at a time when youth unemployment is so high and job seekers are desperate for work, by making the courses and mobile learning management system open source, we hope that we can make a far bigger impact than just in South Africa.”
The free courses have been designed to attract young job seekers within the medium-skilled population. It caters to work seekers who have no tertiary qualifications and lack career advice and job insight.
The courses are available on mobile devices free of any data fees on the MTN and Vodacom networks in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience.
Giraffe’s free courses are personalised to users based on their expertise and objectives with its specially designed matching algorithm.
Ventureburn lists the available courses to include;
- What career suits your personality
- How to qualify for a job
- How to find a job
- How to prepare for interviews
- How to manage your finances
- How to behave in the workplace
The free training portal was established with support from the UNICEF Innovation Fund and the Generation Unlimited programme.
As part of the initiative, Giraffe has made both the courses and the portal open source to any organisation around in the world.
Sunita Grote, Manager of the UNICEF Innovation Fund, comments on the free learning portal.
“Our Innovation Fund helps us explore how frontier technologies can benefit children and young people. Giraffe is part of our investment cohort focusing on solutions that bridge learning gaps to improve employability – a challenge that has been further highlighted with the current and impending learning and economic crisis. This learning portal is free to access, and open source – contributing to a collection of digital public goods that can transform lives and advance humanity.”
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