Forward Africa

Forward is a free online learning program designed to help young professionals in the early years of their careers develop practical, must-have skills that are transferable across industries and roles.

Our program

Forward is a three-level learning journey. It begins with exploring foundational skills, then moves to applying those skills through reflection, case studies, and group activities, and finally embedding new behaviors through ongoing peer learning.

Structure and timeline

You will learn through a variety of online and virtual formats including highly interactive digital courses, workshops, and a group assignment with real-time peer feedback.

  • Foundation level: 10 weeks, two hours per week
  • Advanced level: 12 weeks, two hours per week
  • Network level: Ongoing

Learning objectives

You will gain skills and tools to:

  • turn complex business challenges into opportunities using structured and creative thinking
  • communicate with impact to move your audience to action
  • apply agile ways of working and spot opportunities to use data and technology
  • be adaptable, and build resilience and emotional awareness to work successfully–both independently and in teams, especially in times of change

Eligibility criteria

To access Forward, you must meet the following criteria:

  • currently reside on the African continent (all countries)
  • have at least one and no more than five years of formal work experience
  • have completed post-secondary education (for example: diploma, associate degree, undergraduate degree)
  • have a good command of the English language as the program will be conducted in English


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What forward learners have to say


Forward turned out to be the singular most important decision of my life this year. I am more confident, empowered, and standing out at work like never before.

Kalada Nigeria

Forward had an immediate impact on my career. It helped me become a confident communicator and effective problem solver. It changed how I handle challenges at work and gave me concrete tools to be more adaptable.

Rufaro Zimbabwe

The Forward program has been revolutionary. It was an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded professionals with different experiences from all over the world and build lifelong friendships.

Chelsea Nigeria

Introducing Nwabisa

Nwabisa, a Forward alumna from Cape Town, South Africa, sheds light on how the Forward program impacted her career and why young talent should apply.

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