Orange BURKINA, aware of the importance of digital, has created Orange Digital Center (ODC), as in various countries where the Group is established, with the aim of providing free training for the benefit of students, young graduates and non-graduates, young entrepreneurs. , unemployed young people, young people in retraining, entrepreneurs and young student clubs, in the digital environment. Thus, 200 young students aged 18 to 30 benefited from training in the profession of full stack developer for six months. On Thursday 9 June 2022, 100 of them received the end-of-training scrolls in Ouagadougou. The other 100 trained in Bobo-Dioulasso received their Tuesday 7 June 2022.
“Digital can bring a lot. At Orange, we understood this very quickly. This is why we created the Orange Digital Center (ODC) which today is present in most of our countries ”, said Assimi Diéro, Marketing and Communications Director.
Orange, which is one of the leaders in the field of digital and data, “has taken up a bet, which is to help countries start their digital development”, to show that “this country is not just for business”, according to the manager of Orange Digital Center, Minata Traoré / Séré.
Thus, the ODC, which opened its doors a few months ago and which has brought together in a single site a series of free programs, ranging from training to support the acceleration of investment acts, has for its baptism of fire, trained 200 young students from Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso, as full stack developers or general developers in Laravel and Synfony. They were selected after a call for applications via Orange’s digital channels.
“The role of the full stack developer, who is a generalist developer, is essential today in the digital world. They are responsible for creating applications, websites and especially their maintenance “, said Ms Traoré, for whom this training is” a response to the needs of today’s market, because there are not enough full stack developers “.
The training of these 200 young people mobilized 25 trainers and focused on technical educational content for a developer, but also on “soft kill” content that will allow them to find a place in the job market.
According to one of the trainers, Sylvain Gourane, writer and software consultant, this training was carried out in “two phases”. “There was a first three month phase where students received modules like algorithms, oriented programming, modules like HTML (Hyper Text Markup), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), in PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor). These are modules that allow them to develop easily. For the second phase, students did even more advanced modules, such as Python and advanced PHP, project writing, CV (Curriculum Vitae), preparation for job interviews, conversation techniques. , quoted Gourane.
For him, with this training, “these students are now able to develop dynamic, intuitive, operational platforms to create dynamic, professional and functional websites from A to Z”.
As a trainer, he invited these young people to deepen what they learned during the six months and to continue training. “Our field is a field where you never stop learning. Always exercise, exercise and exercise. As the OCD is also there to support them, they need to be available to the OCD so that they are accompanied in due time, ”she suggested.
According to the Marketing and Communications Director, Assimi Diéro, these beneficiaries trained and placed in the job market by Orange Digital Center will be able to “help companies increase their profitability and their digital approach”, affirming that it is a source of pride for Orange. for Burkina.
On a few occasions he congratulated the Orange Digital Center team, saying that “a great job has been done”. “Orange Digital Center is available to Burkina, to young people from Burkinabè. We will continue to train on the pitch “, he continued.
“Our goals are to promote digital training, support the employability of young people, prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow and support entrepreneurs in the technology field and invest in this”, chained the manager of Orange Digital Center, Minata Traoré / Séré.
Orange Digital Center has three components to carry out its mission. This is a Code School that deals with the training of young people; a solidarity Fablab which is a prototyping laboratory to support young people with ideas, who can come and make their first samples, test, train in digital tools, digital prototyping tools. The third is Orange Fab which is a start-up accelerator. The latter aims to build commercial partnerships nationally and internationally with, among others, the Orange Group and the Orange fab global network.
According to Ms Traoré, four start-ups have already been selected and are supported by Orange. “They are accelerating at the Orange Fab level,” she said.
Given the importance of this free training project, Orange intends to decentralize it to offer everyone equal opportunities at their best. And for this reason, collaborations are being made with the universities of Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouagadougou, Koudougou, Dédougou and the Grandes Ecoles for the training and support of young people. According to the head of the ODC, Orange digital clubs will be created at these universities and colleges.
“Another 120 students” are trained in digital marketing and community manager over a period of three months. They will be placed on the labor market by the end of June, Ms Traoré said.
“We aim for 2022 to train 1,000 young people and place 500 in permanent or temporary jobs,” he said.
During the presentation of the parchments at the end of the training course, five groups of beneficiaries presented their projects that they developed on the basis of the knowledge acquired in the semester.
Muhammed Ranadane Komi is one of the beneficiaries who presented their projects during the ceremony. His group has created a platform called All Service multiservice. “It is a project that allows companies to interact with customers to facilitate the means of communication” in order to sell or pay for services, explained Mr. Komi for whom “the training went very well”.
“We worked a lot. We worked on the different programming languages that a developer needs to know, ”she continued. “We are currently ready to express our knowledge on the digital market. What we have acquired will allow us to have a job or even to start our own business, “she concluded.
In its social responsibility, Orange BURKINA has decided to use digital technology to offer equal opportunities to all. It is on this basis that he first created the Orange Foundation, which introduced digital technology in primary school with the aim of bringing the little ones closer to digital technology.
By Daouda ZONGO