CcHub to lead analysis of Nigerian technical talent gap

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Nigerian incubator Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) is to lead to an analysis of the technical talent gap in the country in a bid to identify, evaluate, and prioritise current and anticipated gaps in the IT workforce.

Supported by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the CcHub-led analysis will provide a insight into the workforce demands of the IT sector, as well as an overview of the ability of local tertiary and training institutions to deliver a competitive workforce.

The analysis will be conducted in three phases, with the first phase concerned with assessing the current and future workforce demands within the Nigerian IT sector. Phase two will provide an overview of the educational and occupational pipeline for IT talent, while the final phase will entail documentation of the gap in demand and supply of talent in the industry, and address how to fill the gaps for both current and future skills.

All this work will draw on the support and expertise of a board of advisors that includes Lagos Angel Network (LAN) founder Tomi Davies, Andela co-founder Iyin Aboyeji and Dalberg associate partner Robin A. Miller.

CcHub has started 2016 with the same level of activity with which it finished a busy 2015. Earlier this month it announced the launch of its new edtech initiative re:learn, an open living lab focused on learning and the smart application of technology in schools.

Disrupt Africa reported in December the hub had partnered Venture Garden Group, Omidyar Network and the Bank of Industry to launch the NGN1 billion (US$5 million) Social Innovation Fund, which will back young entrepreneurs with solutions to local problems, with a particular focus on “next generation infrastructure”.

In September last year, the hub announced the launch of TechSQUAD, a platform connecting local businesses and organisations without technical teams to local technologists to work on their digital projects.

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