This strategic partnership aligns with 01Talent’s ambition is to identify, train and connect one million high-level developers to the professional world by 2035. Now, 01Talent will have access to Atos’ technology resources which will support many projects already happening in Africa.
“With this partnership, we reaffirm Atos' ambition to support the dynamics of the economic, social and environmental transformation of the African continent through training in digital skills. 01Talent's particularly inclusive and innovative educational offer is a concrete expression of this ambition, and we are proud to be able to support its deployment. This is an important step in the development of a digital sector in Africa," said Nourdine Bihmane, EVP and Director of Growing Markets at Atos.
Identifying future digital talent
Talent01’s pan-African campaign has been designed to identify future digital talent. To support the completion of this campaign, in partnership with the Didier Drogba Foundation and UCLG Africa (United Cities and Local Governments Africa), Talent01 will rely on a technological platform developed by Atos to host cognitive tests.
In the format of mini-games that are accessible to all, these online tests will require no prior coding experience.
The games will provide a measure of the cognitive skills, creativity and motivation of candidates. This is to identify high-potential profiles that could not have been spotted by traditional education systems.
These games are to create students of the future ‘Zone01’. Selected by the tests, the students will undergo a two-year training plan to become high-level creative "Full Stack" developers, with a job at stake.
"We are very happy to give life to a partnership that will allow us to support and integrate the most promising digital talents into Atos' teams. Atos and 01Talent share the same values and the same goal: to develop human capital through an inclusive and sustainable approach in order to facilitate the digital and social transition of the African continent," said David Sultan, Vice President of 01Talent in charge of Global Operations.
Creating a foundation for the deployment of education programmes in Africa
Zone01 Cabo-Verde will be the first "Zone01" collective intelligence zone on the African continent. It is scheduled to open at the Praia Techno Park in Cape Verde in early 2022.
When welcoming the 200 young talent from Cape Verde and from 26 other African partner countries in this Zone01, Atos will supply them all with laptops.
Acting as the foundation for the deployment of the education programme, this first Zone01 aims to create more than 200 more Zone01’s on the African continent.
"Atos in Africa is fully mobilised to ensure the success of the student selection campaign and to continue this collaboration over the long term. At a time when the continent is going digital, attracting talent is becoming a major strategic focus for our development," said Alpha Barry, Director of Atos in Africa.
To further support the program, Atos will also mobilise its employees around the world. The company will do this through a mentoring program to share expertise and give personal guidance to the students.
In doing so, it will also give Atos an opportunity to create ties with Zone01 talent, and to hire many students during and after their training.
Additionally, it has been agreed that Atos will develop within the educational platform, a curriculum to improve and develop the skills of its employees, in immersion with the students of the future Zone01.