In 2022, Zuri Team, in collaboration with several partners, trained more than 80,000 beginners across the globe. In 2021, the number of beginners trained was more than 50,000. If you have not seen our 2022 report, you can download it here.
From these vast numbers of beginners getting trained in several technical skills, including Software Development, WEB2 and WEB3 Development, UI/UX and Product Design, Sales and Marketing - there are increasing concerns about the job readiness of these graduates. Learning the languages and the tools is hardly enough anymore. While we are not going to stop training beginners and introducing more people to several technical skills and tools, we are also interested in seeing those who have gone through our training in the past as beginners, those who are not beginners but still struggling to get jobs, and those who just need help with the push, the community and mentorship become better at using the skills and tools to solve real-life problems, making them more valuable wherever they choose to stay - either as an employee or as startup founders.
Hence the introduction of Zuri’s continuous development training, or CDT. CDT is now our official continuous training focused on helping those described in the first paragraph. We want to see you grow not just as developers or designers but as problem solvers and valuable assets to the country, the community and the world.
I have put together this piece to explain what CDT is, what you should expect, and what we expect from you as you decide to join the training:
- Why “Continuous”: As this name suggests, this program, once it kicks off, will always be running (we hope for the next five years). It is a school of continuous growth. Except you decide to leave of your own accord, we’ll always have something new for you to learn.
- Self-Paced or not: We describe this program as semi-self-paced because, although you can take as long as you like at each stage of your learning, we expect you to keep moving. That means while we don’t limit how long you can take to complete each assignment, we have a time limit on when you are expected to move to the next stage of your development.
- Your obligation: To ensure everyone keeps growing, we expect you to participate in the community actively. Participation means engaging with content and attempting projects and tasks. Engaging with other community members and attending both live and recorded events.
- Tools: CDT will exclusively happen over Zuriboard. Live events will happen on Zoom, and recorded videos will be shared on YouTube.
- What you need: You need access to a computer and the Internet.
- Our obligation: To keep you engaged, you provide as much feedback as possible. Be available when you have questions and help you land your desired role or kick off your startup.
- What happens during the training: CDT is divided into stages; we expect everyone to be non-beginners. Hence, everyone at stage 0 (for example) can write primary coding language and/or apply some basic design principles. We expect you to expand your abilities from that stage by engaging with available tasks and projects.
- What happens after Once you grow to stage 6 (for example), you’ll then gain access to the Zuri-job-board; on the Zuriboard, you’ll receive exclusive open roles with our patterns, we’ll prepare you for those jobs, help you land those roles, and then continuously provide mentorship post job placement.
If you need some more information about this program, you can check out the website: training.zuri.team, or reach out to us at help-desk.zuri.team.
Thank you, and see you soon!