Corporate Social Responsibility

Zwart Foundation

Zwarttech is the main sponsor of the Zwart foundation. The foundation’s strategy mirrors our confidence for the future population and disadvantaged communities by leveraging technology. Our Projects build upon each other and support an individual through the different stages of their lifecycle.  from educational attainment to securing employment opportunities.  The Zwart Talent Foundation consists of Zwart Academy (ZA), Zwart Recruit (ZR), and Zwart Entrepreneurial Hub (ZEH). Our NGO was founded with an aim to empower youths, talent and entrepreneurs to seize global opportunities while boosting their local economies. The foundation seeks to educate more than 2000 students in five years.

Zwart Academy

Zwart Academy is an innovative and sustainable Ed-tech initiative built on a framework to provide essential technical on-demand skills and core life skills and competence training for professional advancement. By reducing their cost to education and limitations to developing their skills, we are helping the youth in advancing themselves and their communities. The model of the Academy is one that ensures it will be fully self-sustaining by the year 2028.

We have identified the technology sector as a priority sector for economic growth within the disadvantaged communities we serve. As part of our strategy, we will be working together with government institutions, the private sector, and the communities at large within each country of focus to:

Equip youth with technical skills to advance their employability within the job market.

Provide soft skills training to enhance social capital.

introduce legal and financial basics to improve literacy.

With a focus on Nigeria, Netherlands, and Nicaragua, our goal in the next five years is to empower 2000 young people, particularly women, to obtain employment and be self-sufficient. We envision at least 50% of them continuing to find quality employment and the other 50% setting of on their entrepreneurial journey and finding innovative solutions to the world’s problems. With youth employability as a primary indicator of socio-economic progress, our goal is to provide a sustainable path out of poverty.

How It Works

Training program 

The Zwart Academy training program will train students in small interactive groups of 10 by setting a conducive IT learning environment for all young talented IT enthusiasts between age bracket 15-22, with a minimum of SSCE certificate to help them succeed in the world of advanced technology. Classes are held virtually and physically to ensure no one is left behind.

Upon completing the 6-month training program, successful candidates are offered an internship of 12 months with our partners within the private sector. The internship opportunity will provide them with practical working experience with global companies remotely, equipping them to enter the job market as qualified and experienced Junior Developers. Thereafter,  Academy guides them either through the Zwart Recruit platform to gain access to global work opportunities remotely or to the Zwart Entrepreneurial Hub to fulfill their entrepreneurial journey. 

Technical Skills training 

Students enrolled in the Academy will be provided with Software Development and Cybersecurity Skills educational training. The Software Development training includes Full-Stack Javascript, Full Stack Microsoft, and Graphic Design / UI UX. The Cybersecurity Skills training will provide an overview of Cybersecurity with a specific focus on Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment.

Life Skills Training 

There is often another side of poverty that is often overlooked: that being, the loss of capacities to survive in a globalized and digital-based economy. Poverty and impoverishment are slowly becoming an intergenerational phenomenon, as one’s capacities or lack thereof are passed down from generation to generation. To break the cycle and ensure self advancement for a better future of the individuals within the disadvantaged communities, our program will provide learnings on core competencies needed to navigate, thrive, and contribute to the 21st century. The program will cover 

Financial literacy

Legal Literacy

Teamwork and communication

Networking 

Zwart Recruit

Zwart Recruit is a platform established to bridge inequality of access to global work opportunities and combat brain drain. Based in Africa, It is a launching pad for digital-based professionals seeking international work exposure on a remote basis. 

Africa has a vast population of experienced software experts at both the Senior Level and Junior level who cannot access global work opportunities within the IT sector without having to migrate to a foreign country. 

Zwart Recruit connects, assesses, builds, and manages a strong network of Software Developers from Africa who has gained a significant amount of expertise in their field. We connect Senior IT Experts from Africa to global companies in the West on a remote basis. Our platform enables local Senior IT Experts to work from the comfort of their homes, gain global experience and knowledge, earn a higher salary and reinvest back into their local communities. Zwarttech only sources from 15 African countries that have a proven track record of established Senior IT Experts and The platform will be accessible to Senior IT Experts within the local economy and Junior Zwart Academy graduates upon completion of their 12-month internship program.

How It Works

Cv review
Once we receive resumes from Senior software experts ( Technical & Non-Technical) and CyberSecurity specialists in Africa to join our team, we screen each applicant by evaluating their expertise and professionalism. Through AI-powered tools, we test their command and proficiency of the English language.

Code Challenge: Technical skill assessment
The successfully screened applicants who made it through the CV review stage go through intense stack specific coding exercises to give us an insight into their coding proficiency level. Once all tests have been completed, we conduct interviews to assess cultural fit.

Recruiter interview: culture and leadership fit assessment
Zwarttech’s validated questionnaire will determine the candidates’ cultural preferences across critical dimensions of your company culture through the evaluation. We will determine what is of importance to the candidates and if this aligns with your company needs. The assessment will ensure the best fit and low turnover rates.  All results from the assessments will be drafted in a report and presented to the client provided

Technical stage: functional and Logic assessment
This process forms part of our risk mitigation in hiring assessment. The series of evaluations will ensure that the candidate has the physical and functional capacity to perform their role effectively. The candidate will go through technical exercises with Zwarttechs in-house Senior Software Experts who are experts in their domain, to test a deep understanding of the candidates software development methodologies, problem-solving and live coding abilities. Our experts will assess the fit between the technical assessment and live test of the candidate’s actual skills. The series of evaluations will improve the IT Experts’ functional fit and improve client experience.

Security check: background assessment
Zwarttech has established set standards of compliance that all our senior experts are expected to meet to ensure credibility, reliability and a dependable character. At Zwart Recruit we follow the Physical and Environmental Security (PES) screening process to mitigate any possible risk that might arise through remote work or the opportunity we provide to African Experts to work remotely from Africa. We do our PES screening to secure the client’s organisation's sensitive infrastructure protection and ensure accountability when needed.

  • The regular PES for non-integrity-sensitive positions where our expert will only have access to the Client non-sensitive environment
  • PES for integrity-sensitive positions where our expert will have access to the client sensitive environment and system

Zwart Hub

Opening in 2022, Zwart Hub is the home of the next generation of African innovators, solution finders, disruptors, revolutionaries and history makers.
Zwart Entrepreneurial Hub is a Tech business incubator that aims to support local African entrepreneurs to start, grow and scale their businesses. We seek to remove the barriers to entrepreneurship and stimulate African people to establish themselves within the global working economy while limiting the financial burden.

How It Works

Identifying innovative and highly valued ideas, Zwarttech provides Startups, founders and Senior IT experts with the ideal workspace needed, furnished with reliable high-speed internet and an uninterrupted power supply. The Zwart Hub also facilitates seeking needed finance, mentorship and networking opportunities.

Each Euro Matters

As a social impact-driven tech company, Zwarttech ensures that it leads by example by promoting and implementing impactful processes within the company. Zwarttech has pledged to donate 1 euro for every hour an engineer is engaged with an organisation.

How It Works

All donations are made to the Zwart Academy to nurture tech talent across Africa, building future tech experts. In this way, our clients can actively contribute to the development of Africa, fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility.  For example, if ten engineers are engaged in an organisation and work 32 hours a week for nine months, that totals 11,520 euros in donations alone. If our clients would like to donate to a different organisation, this will also be possible.