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Cohort 3 of IT Training for Nigerians: NITDA and Coursera Open Applications

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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It’s been nothing short of good news for Nigerians seeking to upgrade their IT skills, as The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Coursera have opened applications for the Cohort 3 of their IT training program.

This program is a fantastic opportunity for Nigerians of all backgrounds to gain valuable skills and boost their career prospects in the evolving digital economy. 

If you’re a recent graduate looking to break into the IT industry or a working professional looking to advance your career, this piece is for you. In this piece we’ll be reviewing all you need to know about the Cohort 3 training.

What To Expect From The Training?

In a recent statement from Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, it was revealed that the agency is aligning its efforts with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. The goal is clear: to generate one million digital jobs within the Information Technology sector.

In collaboration with Coursera, NITDA aims to annually train 8,000 Nigerian learners, divided into cohorts of 4,000, totaling 24,000 over three years. Beneficiaries from the first and second cohorts represented a diverse group, including students, government employees, entrepreneurs, and academics.

Umar highlighted that this partnership with Coursera opens doors for Nigerian students, providing access to Coursera’s Professional Certificate portfolio. This means selected learners will have the privilege of tapping into top-notch educational content offered by renowned institutions like Yale, Meta, Google, and IBM.

Beyond individual development, Coursera is set to support the Nigerian government in enhancing the technical capabilities of the country’s youth. This will contribute to the growth of IT talent in the country.

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What Are the Benefits of This Training?

The chosen participants have the opportunity to access the following benefits:

Alignment with 3MTT

In Cohort 3, the focus will centre around the 3 Million Tech Talent (3MTT) initiative by the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.

Courses will cover a range of skills including Software Development, UI/UX Design, Data Analysis, Visualisations, Quality Assurance, Product Management, Data Science, Animation, AI/Machine Learning, Cyber Security, and Cloud Computing.

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 A curated professional certificate portfolio :

This aims to empower learners to excel in industry certification exams or kickstart a career in specific fields like IT support, Data Analytics (Google), Social Media Marketing (Meta), and Software Development (IBM) within just three months.

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To join this training program, simply head over to the NITDA website at links.nitda.gov.ng. Explore more details and submit your application. Applications start on January 24th, 2024, and the program is scheduled to kick off on February 10th, 2024. Don’t miss out!


What is Cohort 3 of IT Training for Nigerians?

Cohort 3 of IT Training for Nigerians is a collaborative initiative between the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Coursera. It is a program designed to provide specialized and accessible IT training opportunities for Nigerians

How can I apply for Cohort 3 of IT Training for Nigerians?

To apply for Cohort 3, visit the official website of NITDA or Coursera, where you will find the application portal. Follow the provided instructions and submit the required documents for consideration.

Are there any costs associated with the training?

In most cases, NITDA and Coursera aim to provide the training at no cost to selected participants. However, it’s advisable to check the program details for any potential fees or charges associated with specific courses or materials.

What IT skills will be covered in Cohort 3?

Cohort 3 will cover a diverse range of IT skills, including programming languages, data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and digital literacy. The specific courses and skills covered will be outlined in the program details.


The launch of Cohort 3 of IT Training for Nigerians, a collaborative initiative by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Coursera, marks a significant milestone in empowering the Nigerian workforce with essential digital skills. As technology continues to evolve rapidly, this program stands as a beacon of opportunity for individuals seeking to enhance their IT expertise and contribute to the nation’s digital transformation. The partnership between NITDA and Coursera exemplifies the importance of public-private collaboration in addressing the growing demand for skilled IT professionals.


  • nitda.gov.ng– 3 Million Technical Talent Training.
  • nairametrics.com– NITDA, Coursera open applications for Cohort 3 of IT training for Nigerian


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