A recent report by McKinsey Global Institute showed that the unemployment rate for new graduates in Morocco is 24%. The study determined that Moroccan employers have not found new hires or graduates have the skills necessary to do a good job.
In an effort to bring a solution to these social and economic problems, free coding schools have started popping up around the country. These institutions are encouraging freelance work and creating possibilities for Moroccans to change their financial situations.
3W company alongside other coding schools like Youcode, aim to encourage more women to work in technology.
Hamza Debbarh, Founder of the Casablanca based 3W Academy Maroc offers a week of free code training. Debbarh claims “with coding or web development skills, it is easy to find work in the Moroccan job market.” 3W is one of many academies in Morocco training students. After the free training, students have the option to enroll in longer programs.
Beyond curbing Morocco’s unemployment statistics, 3W alongside other coding schools like Youcode, aim to encourage more women to work in technology. At present, 50% of females make up 3W’s classes.
The coding schools emerged following an auto-entrepreneur trend started in 2014, when the Moroccan government created a new law. The regulation offered large tax incentives for independent workers. As a result, more companies became interested in legally hiring freelancers.