Solving Africa’s youth unemployment problem by training more African cybersecurity and healthcare experts

Lack of jobs, or lack of skilled people to fill them? It’s all about lack of proper information sharing between those who educate and those who seek to hire.

The World Population Counter says that there are three times more births than death on a given day, while more than 7.6 billion people populate the Earth at the moment. The world needs 600 million new jobs over the next 15 years just to keep up with current demand.

Global Cybersecurity Index Heat Map

Global Cybersecurity Index Heat Map

Jobs in Africa

Some 70% of Africans are under 30. Youngsters account for roughly 20% of the population, 40% of the workforce and 60% of the unemployed.

Every year, 10-12 million young Africans join the job market. with only 3 million new jobs created in Africa to entice them.

The sluggish pace of job creation is coupled with the often inadequate skill set that the recent graduates can offer on the African job market.


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African economies are 80 % rural, with not a single agriculture school of excellence on the continent.

In 2017, unemployment rate in South Africa was 27.7% and is expected to rise with each coming year. 34 % of South Africans work in the informal sector. The figure is 90.6% in Benin.

Three out of four Africans have a precarious job position. That’s some 282 million people.


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Lack of talent globally

By 2030, an estimated 85 million highly skilled workers could be required worldwide for companies to succeed in the new digital economy.

Only 15 % of Kenyan businesses have a system ready to “detect intruders.” The 2017 Wannacry attack hit strongly Kenya’s financial institutions. The Renault Tanger-Méditerranée automobile plant in Morocco closed for a full day, causing a loss of production of a thousand cars.

African organizations must adopt effective strategies to face the brain drain of their most talented cybersecurity profiles. Indeed, as they gain the necessarily skills, those specialists become increasingly mobile and may choose to relocate, especially to Europe and North America.

17 million Africans left the continent in search of more stability and prosperity in 2017. This is more or less equal to the number of healthcare workers who are missing from the healthcare system globally.

The U.S. could see a lack of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030

Southeast Asia will need some 4.7 million more health workers to achieve sufficient coverage in the next 10-12 years

Western Pacific zone (China, South Korea, and Japan included) will be missing roughly 1.4 million people

Europe may be facing a shortage of one million health professionals by 2020

As life expectancy is widening, aging societies need more and more care: the number of people aged 60 years or over is expected to more than double by 2050 and more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100.

#5G #IoT #labourshortage #cybersecurity #talentmanagement

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How R&S Quantum helps connect global youth education centres and those who seek talent

As the need for healthcare services is rising, could countries like Ukraine — that annually hosts tens of thousands international students — benefit from the situation by opening doors to more African students? Currently Ukraine is the third most popular destination for Indians who want to study medicine abroad after China and Russia.

#India #MedicalSchool

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Universities of Ukraine are globally recognized by major Indian and international organizations such as the Medical Council of India and World Health Organisation.

Which other African nations could alleviate the talent shortage by adding their young nationals to 5,865 Moroccans, 3,277 Nigerians and 2,551 Egyptians studying in Ukraine?

Ontario in Canada — where R&S Quantum Inc. is registered — has:

R&S Quantum is a partner of Kyiv, Ukraine-based State University of Telecommunication that also offers cybersecurity courses.

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