The Africa Internship Academy (AIA), a youth employment accelerator based in Ghana with a continental focus, is celebrating two years of grooming Africa’s next generational change agents.
The organization has contributed immensely towards reducing the rate of unemployment on the African continent
The group’s milestone comes at a time when Africa holds a very high rate of youth unemployment. In Ghana for instance, about 120,000 young people graduate from various institutions with about 10% getting employed after the first year of completion.
According to data from the Academy, over 16% will never work in their lifetime, yet every year, thousands of job vacancies go unfilled. According to employers, they cannot find people who are ready for work.
The mismatch between the large number of jobs available in the country and large number of young people who are desperate for work usually be attributed to lack of employable skills, poor social networks, and unavailability of funding capital for entrepreneurship and other.
Emmanuel Leslie Addae, and Daniel Amoako Antwi understudied this trend and decided to set up a social enterprise to address these issues. This was the genesis of Africa Internship Academy. AIA is a youth employment accelerator in Ghana; a self-sustaining social enterprise that trains higher education students, graduates, and entrepreneurs to gain entrepreneurial and employable skills, assign mentors to and connect its members to employers looking for entry-level talents.
Having partnered with employers, ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large corporate and state-owned enterprises from various sectors, including retail, tourism, banking, business process outsourcing and manufacturing, the organization has contributed immensely towards reducing the rate of unemployment on the African continent.
Its mandate is to groom young talents as change agents to transform Africa, offering unique opportunities for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over Africa. These agents are to be groomed professionally, network extensively, experience workplace culture, and build lasting positive relationships with heavy weights in their chosen industries.
After two years of establishment, AIA has groomed over 195 fellows in over 6 cohorts and has been able to create a talent searching platform called Talents In Africa for employers looking for entry level talents in Africa.
The platform is currently connecting more Africans to job opportunities across Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal, and Cote D’ivoire.