Uber has launched a training programme to help women drivers to develop the skills needed to thrive as independent entrepreneurs. Uber has partnered with African Management Institute (AMI) to deliver the pilot programme in Kenya.

Through the partnership, Uber and AMI will offer two personal development and entrepreneurship programmes, Skills for the Future and the Micro-enterprise Accelerator.

The 4-month Skills for the Future programme will focus on women drivers to help them address barriers to success as independent entrepreneurs. The programme will also help participants understand and financially plan for the risks that employment mobility can bring. Some of the challenges this programme addresses include managing competing priorities, effective planning, communication, managing difficult clients, and personal finance management.

The 6-month Micro-enterprise Accelerator programme will focus on helping community members improve the performance of their small businesses. Through the programme, entrepreneurs learn how to track key financial and performance business, understand the gaps in their key business processes and implement key business practices to improve/grow their business

Uber is available in sixteen cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lagos, Abuja, Benin City, Kampala, Ivory Coast, Accra, Kumasi and Dar es Salaam). Overall, the Uber network is available in over 600 cities in over 65 countries.

AMI enables ambitious businesses across Africa to thrive, through practical tools and training. AMI equips entrepreneurs with tools to build their business, helps companies train their teams and runs work readiness programmes for young people. AMI’s programmes combine online and mobile tools with in-person workshops and on-the-job practice and support. AMI works with a range of organisations to support networks of entrepreneurs to build their businesses, including the Mastercard Foundation, USAID, Shell Foundation and Equity Bank. It has directly trained over 27,000 people in 15 countries through more than 80 programmes. AMI has offices in Nairobi, Kigali and Johannesburg.