AVIC International has today announced the return of The Africa Tech Challenge, a regional competition for youth in Technical Training Institutions in Africa. The initiative will be in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

The competition, which is in its sixth season, will bring together participants from across 8 African Countries for training culminating in the competition. The competition will see the top 6 teams walk away with cash prizes worth over Ksh. 1,000,000. The top two teams will also be awarded manufacturing contracts worth Ksh. 10,000,000 (100,000 USD). This year’s competition is dubbed  Dream and Invent Your Future.

The sixth season of Africa Tech Challenge will focus on enhancing the participant’s skills in CNC Lathe Machining Techniques. The competition will See participation by 17 Teams from across 8 African Countries namely: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Zambia

Speaking at the launch, AVIC International TVET Director, Mr. Zhao Lei Lei, highlighted the importance of continued skills development among the youth in order to fill the skills gap as the country and continent looks to industrialize and effect the necessary socio-economic transformation.

“ATC has been a journey in which we sought to transfer knowledge to our youth, thus enabling them to be self-sufficient. This mantra has facilitated ATC having 5 successful seasons to date. We have nurtured young talent and look forward to doing more as we expand the scope of the challenge. We are proud to be hosting teams from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Zambia, in what we hope will be our most successful venture yet,” said Mr. Lei Lei.

The Africa Tech Challenge (ATC) has worked with various educational institutions in Africa to increase and develop professional skills.