How Trestle Academy is a part of Ghana’s digital transformation story

How Trestle Academy is a part of Ghana’s digital transformation story

Robert Wonders Aggor

Trestle Academy Ghana
Founder & Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

www.trestleacademyghana.org
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertwonders/
WhatsApp: +1 (226) 784 -5489

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Hi Robert. Thanks for taking this interview. Please tell our readers a little bit about your line of Work:
Trestle Academy Ghana is a non-profit technology training organization located in Ghana. It was
initially founded during the 2018/2019 academic year as an Artificial Intelligence club at the
Computer Science Department of the University of Ghana to offer practical experience to
students. Our vision is to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing hands-on
training in various technology fields such as software development, data science, and artificial
intelligence. One of the unique features of Trestle Academy is its focus on experiential learning.
We believe that the best way to learn technology is by doing it, and as such, all its courses are
project-based. This means that students work on real-world projects through our internship
program under the guidance of experienced professionals, allowing them to gain practical skills
and experience that are highly sought after by employers. In addition to its regular activities,
Trestle Academy also offers a range of workshops, hackathons, bootcamps and events designed
to help students stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the tech industry. These events
are a great way for students to network with other professionals and learn from industry
experts.The Academy also seeks to offer corporate training and custom training solutions for
organizations looking to upskill their employees. The academy has trained employees from a
variety of organizations, including startups, SMEs, and large corporations.

How will your industry change in the next 5 to 10 years?
It is likely that the field of data science and machine learning which are our focal points will
continue to evolve and grow in importance in the coming years, which could present both
opportunities and challenges to us. In order to stay relevant and successful, it is necessary for us
to adapt and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in these fields. This could involve
offering new courses or programs, or incorporating new technologies or approaches into our
curriculum. We also need to stay connected with others in the field and to seek out opportunities
for collaboration and partnership. Furthermore, the subsequent interest and exponential growth in
the population of youth in tech in Ghana will also mean that we do not only focus on training but
also provide recruitment services to outsource many of these young talents to our partners
organizations in Ghana and abroad: we therefore intend to create a job site to help companies
easily recruit talents from our academy.

Additionally, it may be useful to consider ways to expand or diversify our academy’s funding
streams, such as by offering consulting services or partnering with more companies in different
regions.

How do you suggest new entrepreneurs get ready for these changes?

Here are a few suggestions for how new entrepreneurs can get ready for changes in the tech
industry, specifically with regards to data science, artificial intelligence and process automation:
1. Stay up-to-date with industry trends: Make an effort to stay informed about the latest
developments and trends in the tech industry, particularly in the areas of data science and
artificial intelligence. This can help you identify new opportunities and stay ahead of the
curve.
2. Educate yourself: Consider taking online courses or earning a degree in a related field to
gain the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in the tech industry. There are many
resources available, such as MOOCs (massive online open courses) and online degree
programs, that can help you learn about data science, artificial intelligence, and other
related topics.
3. Network with other professionals: Building a strong network of professionals in the tech
industry can be an invaluable resource as you navigate the rapidly changing landscape.
Attend industry conferences and events, join online groups and forums, and make
connections with other professionals who can provide guidance and support as you grow
your business.
4. Experiment with new technologies: Don’t be afraid to try out new technologies and tools,
even if you’re not an expert in them. This can be a great way to gain hands-on experience
and learn about the capabilities and limitations of different technologies.
5. Stay flexible and adaptable: Changes in the tech industry can happen quickly, so it’s
important to stay flexible and adaptable. Be open to learning new things and trying new
approaches, and be willing to pivot your business strategy if necessary.

Thanks for your time. Wish you a happy 2023.