The Forward program, a free six-month online learning journey offered by McKinsey, has reached its first milestone of enrolling 100,000 learners from more than 60 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan in 18 months since its inception. The program aims to reach an additional 150,000 learners in 2023.
Forward is designed to equip the next generation of young talent with practical skills necessary to succeed in the future of work. Specifically, the program focuses on the leadership, business, and digital skills that are relevant and transferrable across industries and roles and targets people with less than five years of work experience.
“This is one important way we deliver on our commitment to enabling sustainable and inclusive growth—by upskilling hundreds of thousands of young people that need practical skills to thrive in the workforce, and in turn participate in fueling economies of the region,” says McKinsey senior partner Viktor Hediger, who leads the firm’s social responsibility efforts in the region. “We believe that begins with unlocking the potential of the region’s youth and building an inclusive workforce and community that reflects society.”
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