The MTN ACE tech program is a nationwide initiative that aims to equip young people with the digital job skills they need to succeed in today’s economy. This program is focused on helping young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the rapidly changing world of technology.
With a focus on hands-on, practical learning, the MTN ACE Tech program is designed to give participants a solid foundation in a variety of technical disciplines, including software development and entrepreneurship. Through this program, young people across the country have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and build the skills they need to succeed in the tech industry.
Applications will be accepted beginning December 15, 2022, and will be accepted until January 13, 2023. Here is a recap of all you need to know about the MTN ACE programs and how to get started with them.
MTN ACE Programs Explained
The initiative features three fully sponsored programs targeting fresh graduates, tech innovators and entrepreneurs as well as in and out-of-school youths.
The programs constitute;
- ACE Tech focuses on upskilling the youth interested in tech-related innovations.
- ACE Career seeks to empower fresh graduates with workplace skills and internship placement.
- ACE Skilling is tailor-made for youths who are in or out of school to equip them with entrepreneurial skills.
Below are the details about each program with duration and criteria on who is eligible to apply for such programs;
MTN Work Readiness Program (MTN ACE Career)
The initiative provides a three-month soft skills training program and internship placement for selected participating freshmen graduates. Initially, a total of 100 recent graduates will be shortlisted to participate. Fifty (50) of the shortlisted graduates will be recruited in Cohort 1, and another fifty graduates will be recruited in Cohort 2. Graduates who successfully complete the program will be placed at MTN Uganda to do an internship for a period of three months.
Makerere University Business School Innovation, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship Centre (MUBS-EIIC) will serve as the training and coaching implementing partner in the program. It will also be responsible for conducting research and tracer studies.
MTN Innovation Program (MTN ACE Tech)
MTN Foundation partnered with the Ministry of ICT/National ICT innovation hub to implement the MTN Innovation Program through Centenary Technology Services. The partnership focuses on business development and advisory service, capacity building, and incubation of innovations.
The hub creates an environment for ICT innovators facing challenges with workspace, limited internet connectivity, and searching for creative spaces that spur thinking. MTN Foundation seeks to equip the space and conduct training, coaching, and mentorship for startups.
The program will target Ugandans with innovative ideas for solving real-life problems across all sectors, with specific key priority areas of Uganda’s Vision2040 – National Development Priorities i.e.,
Agriculture, Tourism & Trade, Minerals & Energy, Health, Education, Refugee/Host Communities, and the Justice, Law, and Order sector.
MTN Foundation Youth Skilling Program (MTN ACE Skill)
The program is aimed at designing and delivering practical knowledge, skills experience for youth and young adults in preparation for the 4th Industrial Revolution. The mission of the MTN Foundation youth empowerment program is to inspire and empower youth and young adults towards applying innovative ICT solutions to solve their communities’ most pressing challenges.
How to Apply for MTN ACE Tech Programs
Applications for the three programs, namely; ACE Tech, ACE Career, and ACE Skills, commence on December 15, 2022, and shall close next year on January 13th.
Interested youths can submit their applications online through this link https://www.mtn.co.ug/impact/mtn-ace/ or click here to get started.
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