New programme

Work in Tech Programme at The Africa Centre

The Africa Centre partners with INCO Academy to offer a fully funded “Work in Tech Programme”

The Africa Centre is proud to announce a partnership with Birmingham-based INCO Academy to offer access to an online professional certificate programme supported by Google. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate is a fundamentals course designed to provide essential skills that equip learners for entry-level roles in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Why digital equity is important

The Africa Centre recognises that access to and use of ICT impacts individuals and communities. A digitally inclusive community is important to economic and workforce development, civic participation, education, healthcare, and public safety.

ICT has made digital literacy in all sectors of society important and urgent. Because of the wide gap between those who have easy access to the internet and those who do not, universal access is more important than ever. As the internet becomes increasingly embedded in the lives of individuals, communities, and commerce, it is more critical than ever before to ensure digital literacy for everyone.


Across the final selected cohort, the programme aims to identify and select at least 50% of candidates that identify as women. Learners will leave with increased chances of securing employment within 6 months of graduating. The broad definition of employment applies and includes those that retain full-time employment, start freelancing, or their won business, start an apprenticeship, and those that choose to pursue further skills training.

To be eligible for the Work in Tech scholarship, all candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18 – 35 years old
  • Not in employment, education or training or underemployed
  • Ethnically diverse (must come from a household with at least one parent from an ethnically diverse or migrant background)
  • From a low socio-economic background or an area of deprivation


Start dates and how to apply

Enrolment is currently in progress and classes start on 21 October 2021, ending on 21 December 2021. After graduation, participants will continue to have access to placement support until June 2022.

Belvin Tawuya, The Africa Centre’s Programmes, and Communications Director said:

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner in delivering such an important programme. It is essential in our current environment that all individuals and communities have equitable access to information technology.  Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. We look forward to providing all the necessary support to enhance the employability prospects of all graduates”.

Some of the wraparound services that will be provided include career planning workshops, access to industry events & job fairs, Industry-focused masterclasses, CV building workshops, and access to employers.

Applications close on 20 October 2021 so if interested, sign up and enrol here.

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