SkilledAfricans: Tinder for the workplace?

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  • SkilledAfricans is a professional social network that offers training and recruitment
  • It has 750,000 members and aims for 20 million by 2020
  • The system offers quick "matchmaking" opportunities between job seekers and employers

(CNN)At first glance, it seems to represent a cross between LinkedIn and Tinder. You can network with other professionals while barely lifting a finger -- swipe right on the smartphone if you want to connect, left to continue browsing.

But SkilledAfricans, a pan-continental social network that boasts 750,000 members, aims to achieve more than just professional introductions or casual encounters.
    The aim is to "increase knowledge, and prove knowledge," says CEO and co-founder Dr. Nicolas Bussard.
    The website and app -- which launches this week -- are designed to give users the tools to build their skill-set and certify their resumes -- essential in today's job market.
    Africa has the highest rate of population growth of any continent according to the U.N., yet unemployment and underemployment are significant problems in many countries, particularly for younger generations. In South Africa, for example, 52 percent of people aged 15 to 24 are jobless.

    Free online training