Nigerian fintech giants Flutterwave has announced it has hired 200 trainees for its inaugural graduate trainee program.
Despite the company making the headlines for major controversies over the past few months, they have taken a huge step in its commitment to tackling unemployment in the country with the 12-month immersive program aimed at providing young Nigerian graduates with skills related to problem-solving in the digital world.
According to the company, 11,000 applications were received since early July, and a total of 200 candidates have been admitted into the program. The company states that the program was the brainchild of its new Chief of People and Culture, Mansi Babyloni.
Speaking on this development, Babyloni said: “My work starts with the Flutterwave Graduate Trainee Programme, which has been a passion project of ours for a long time, and we are delighted that it is now a reality. The programme aims to teach our graduate trainees highly transferable skills via an on-the-job training methodology, skills that will set them up for success for the entirety of their careers. Flutterwave is what it is because of the talent, passion, and innovation of a driven squad.
“We believe supporting the next generation of young talents to realise their potential is the most important way that we can give back to the community. This programme is critically important to supporting our strategic growth needs, as we continue to expand across markets and geographies. As a global company, we are looking forward to how this program can grow across other countries.”
The program is Flutterwave’s first of its kind, but the company plans on an expansion that will touch the lives of enthusiasts in other African countries. Also, it is not open to only tech personnel as the program splits the category into engineering and non-engineering aspects and promises an unforgettable experience with necessary tasks and assessments for both those and tech and others. Trainees are also provided with monthly stipends for the duration of their program, as well as the necessary tools for success in their respective industries.
Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, Olugbenga Agboola, said, “The graduate trainee programme is a key part of our continued efforts to support young talent and help them kick start their career.
“Over the years, we have been thinking about developing a programme that serves as a pipeline for talent from the University to the workforce. We are happy that Mansi and the entire people and culture team at Flutterwave have made this a reality. Because of this project, 200 people will have an opportunity to break into their careers and get started on the path towards achieving their dreams.”