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McKinsey & Company Africa Forward Programme for Young African Professionals 2023

Forward is a virtual learning program that boosts the careers of high-potential young professionals by equipping them with a broad set of capabilities to help them thrive. It focuses on critical skills needed for success in the future of work, such as digital essentials, structured-thinking skills, and social and emotional intelligence. Forward’s three-level, virtual learning program offers you access to McKinsey’s cutting-edge content and a community of peers. It equips you with practical skills and tools to apply throughout your career. Forward is launching in Africa, with plans to expand to other regions soon.

  1. Foundation level: Discover critical skills needed to thrive in the future of work with more than ten hours of introductory digital content.
  2. Advanced level Expand and apply your new skills through a six-week immersive journey with advanced digital content, bespoke virtual workshops, and peer learning.
  3. Network level: Join a vibrant community of peers and get access to content to help refresh your skills on your learning journey—and even discover how you can become a Forward coach too.

Forward is a training program. Participation in the program does not constitute collaboration or employment with McKinsey.

Requirements for Africa Forward Programme Qualification

To access Forward, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently reside on the African continent (all countries)
  • Currently employed, self-employed, or in between jobs
  • Have 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

Interview date, Process and Venue for Africa Forward Programme

Duration of Award: If you complete both the foundation and advanced levels, the journey is expected to take 12 weeks (the Network level remains ongoing).

  • Foundation level: six weeks
  • Advanced level: six weeks
  • Network level: ongoing

On average, participants dedicate two to three hours per week to complete all the requirements of the Foundation and Advanced levels. Participating in the Advanced level will also require you to commit to two half-day workshops and less than five hours of group work.

Application Deadline

June 20, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to McKinsey & Company on to apply For more details, visit McKinsey & Company website.