Andela, tech talent accelerator, is ending its developer training programs in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda attributing it to market demand for more senior engineering talent.
“Andela’s next phase of growth requires a strategic shift in how we think about talent,” Jeremy Johnson, chief executive and founder of Andela said in a statement, ‘The Future of Andela.’
As a result, the firm said it will it is closing the D0 program in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. In addition, we will be letting go of approximately 250 Andelans in Nigeria and Uganda, with an additional 170 potentially impacted in Kenya, ‘who we don’t believe we’ll be able to find meaningful work for over the next year.’
The firm will focus its D0 training efforts in Rwanda.
“Going forward, we will hire another 700 experienced engineers by the end of “2020 in order to keep up with demand from our partners,” said Jeremy.
For those who will be impacted, Andela has partnered with innovation hubs in each country (CcHUB in Nigeria, iHub in Kenya, and Innovation Village in Uganda) to help connect the impacted developers with opportunities in their local ecosystem.
“Change in an organisation is not easy, but almost always inevitable to maintain performance and growth. We believe our most recent change in strategy positions us to be a stronger engineering organisation,” Said Janet Maingi, Andela Kenya Country Director.
Founded in 2014, Andela has offices in New York and five African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Egypt.