ConnectApprentiz is an online technological driven platform that provides cost-effective and time saving matchmaking opportunities for the prospective African apprentices and vocational training services providers in both the formal and informal sector of the economy while facilitating on-the training and post-training support services. Restructuring and unconstrained accessibility to skills acquisition is an inevitable path to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development, youth engagement and employment opportunities for over 250 million unemployed and under-employed vulnerable Africans which are majorly poor youths, young adults, physically challenged, uneducated, early school leavers and graduates of the formal school system that are roaming the streets of Africa without any means of secured livelihood or any form of social security system. Despite the fact that SME sector in Africa contributes and drive about 40% (US$1.3 Trillion) of the GDP of the continent, yet its full potential has not be maximized due to institutional voids and infrastructural deficits that plague Africa.
Our business model is very close to that of Uber Taxi and the ConnectApprentiz online platform is currently at the development stage but we have tested our idea through brick and wall (offline) model and we were able to register about 28 trainers and connected more than 8 trainees up to date. We plan to innovatively harness the potential of online technology by providing an end-to-end skills and SME development value chain services that will fill the institutional voids that undermines the SME development and skills acquisition in Africa such as poor accessibility to trainers/ mentors / e-learning resources, financial and logistics challenges, poor access to post-training supports & services coupled with poor market access among others.
ConnectApprentiz platform will be featuring Apprenticeship Hub, Recruitment-Hub, Mentorship Forum, Sponsorship hub (An African Apprenticeship Support Initiative that empowers the most African vulnerable and poor that cannot afford training fees and post-training costs), Apprenticeship Discount Cards, Apprenticeship Micro Insurance Scheme and online Shopping Hub that facilitates market access in terms of buying, selling and door-steps delivery of made in Africa goods, affordable production & raw materials, SME tools & machineries and E-training resources.
Moreover we also plan to establish youth clubs and engage the youths and young adults that connects to the trainers of choice through ConnectApprentiz as Peace Ambassadors ,Save Cyber Space Ambassadors and Climate Protection Ambassadors among others.
Presently we have engaged the partnership of one of the largest Artisan groups in Nigeria (Ondo-State Artisan groups); a group that comprises of about 80 different artisan unions and associations with overall membership population of about 500,000 people (majorly informal trainers) to drive the pre-pilot and the pilot phase of the project in Nigeria.
As an indelible part of enviable innovations that promotes human capital and skilled workforce development, youth engagement, market accessibility for SME stakeholders, climate sustainability and socio-economic renaissance in Africa, we plan to use the 18 months pilot scheme to connect about 100,000 self-funding and sponsored trainees to their desired training programs and the respective trainers while linking about 50,000 start-ups to available post-training supports and opportunities.