Nigerian female data scientists to undergo paid traineeship program in Lithuania.
Digital Explorers program aims to support women in tech and contribute to closing of the global tech gender gap by offering tailored data analysis / data science traineeships.
Digital Explorers has launched applications for a female-only track that will select about 15 female Data Scientists at entry-level to partake in a 6-month intensive paid traineeship which will be hosted in Lithuania coming December 2020. The initiative had 15 selected ICT specialists from Nigeria in its first cohort and will be the same for the second cohort which will be made up of female-only entry-level data scientists/analysts.
The program is a collaboration between the Lithuanian and Nigerian ICT industry and will enable the participants gain industry skills and exposure from top tech companies in Lithuania.
Back in 2019, Kola Aina – Founder of Ventures Platform wrote about this program on medium; “this is about upskilling the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs and knowledge workers with global networks and connections. Our “Digital Explorers” will be working side by side with amazing people on world-class teams, building products and services for global clients, and spending a lot of time in structured learning and networking activities… Looked at from a certain perspective, the people who make it into the Digital Explorers program are effectively being paid to learn and acquire world-class skills.”
Speaking on the launch of the female track of the Digital Explorers program, Eugenija Kovaliova, Co-founder of AfriKo says, “Lithuanian ICT sector has been maturing significantly over the past decades, and this has been recognized by many international tech companies, hiring Lithuanian specialists to work on complex projects. At Digital Explorers, we want to open up an opportunity for Nigerian talents to work alongside Lithuania’s best and bring back acquired skills and knowledge for a stronger Nigerian digital landscape.”
Mimshach Obioha, the Executive Director at Ventures Platform Foundation, also said, “The choice to focus on Data Analysts and Data Scientists is fueled by the growing global demand across different industries for jobs such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialists or Data Scientists.”
Read more on the program and how to apply here