Technology for Work: 4 Ed Tech Programs Teaching Skills for Work

October 16, 2014Calla McCabe

Jobs are adapting to the increasingly technological demands of today's world. Last week, we highlighted five programs that provide girls and women with the skills they need to enter the global workforce.  This week we are highlighting four programs that use technology to teach skills for work.  With technology, the potential of growth and learning is endless. Most programs use combination of computers and traditional classroom teaching methods for training and instruction, though other technologies are used.  While the following programs target students from underprivileged backgrounds, all students share the same willingness and drive to learn.

The Bhavishya-yaan program operates out of Indian municipal schools wherein two classrooms are used: one for spoken English and life skills, and the other as a computer laboratory where a computer training institute teaches basic computer skills. Students are selected based on their readiness to learn and attend regularly. Bhavishya-yaan develops the English and life skills curricula internally and paid teachers and volunteers teach classes. Meanwhile, computer trainers develop the computer curriculum, keeping in mind the essential needs of the students. 

BagoSphere Call Center Course is a social enterprise vocational training company in the Philippines that trains highly motivated, rural youth to become employed in call centers, whereby their income is 4 times higher than it would be for unskilled jobs. BagoSphere provides a comprehensive skills training program to prepare rural youth for full-time jobs in call centers. BagoSphere employs a rigorous screening process to select highly talented youth. Selected youth are trained in the call center competencies, IT literacy, financial knowledge, and soft skills such as speaking and listening skills.

Technology Education Enhancement is a Nigerian program that develops and strengthens the creative abilities of students and their teachers, and provides practical skills in the design of technology innovations. The project focuses on three core areas: student mentoring by the implementing organizations, partnerships between teachers and the implementing organizations, and leadership development for students and their teachers. The project is delivered through a series of structured face-to-face and online training sessions that maintain a coach-learner relationship with students after each workshop. The training builds students' capacity to design and produce relatively complex electronic wares for home and business use, and promotes healthy competition among students as they work hard to represent their various schools. Students are also free to produce and sell their products to prospective customers.

Digital Divide Data (DDD) is an impact sourcing organization committed to training young adults in Cambodia, Laos, and Kenya to fulfill business outsourcing needs for businesses and institutions all over the world. DDD recruits disadvantaged youth who are recent high school graduates to participate in DDD training for 3-8 months, where they learn basic ICT and English skills. There are equal numbers of male and female trainees and operators, and DDD includes people living with disabilities as at least 10% of their total recruits. Upon graduating from DDD training, trainees can be hired by DDD and are encouraged to pursue higher education. During their tertiary education, DDD employees can simultaneously take classes, work as an operator at DDD, and continue specialized DDD training. Tertiary education is paid for through a combination of scholarships from DDD, salary from work at DDD, and loans.

Photo from the Technology Education Enhancement program.

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