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Skills for Africa students graduate

01 November 2013, 11:25

Nairobi - More than 70 students have graduated from the Skills for Africa training initiative, which is in line with a recent agreement between German firm, SAP, and the World Bank to consolidate skills development efforts in Africa.

The graduation comes against the backdrop of the pressing demand for technology solutions as well as the need for the right talent to be developed in Africa specifically with a view to employability. The Skills for Africa programme, part of a larger effort focusing on five countries that was officially launched by SAP in May, began pilot preparation in the country in September 2012.

The East Africa chapter targeted 75 students of which 66 are graduating as fully certified consultants who are now highly competent and trained in a variety of business and ICT skills key to success in today’s competitive job environment, including SAP certification.

The training that has been conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, incorporating Kenyan ICT authorities and Nairobi’s Multi Media University. It is aimed at enhancing employability for graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The six-week certification training that was hosted at Multi Media University in Ongata Rongai, covered technology, business, finance, logistics as well as critical soft business skills. 

Graduates from the course have been matched with job internships with SAP customers and partners, including some of the country's leading companies like Bidco, Mumias Sugar Company and other SAP partners in the region.

“SAP Africa recognises that addressing education and skills training is one of the best ways to deal not only with skills shortages facing the technology industry, but also help address Africa’s chronic youth unemployment issue,” said SAP Africa Chief Executive Officer Pfungwa Serima.

“We recently signed a collaboration agreement with the World Bank to amplify our efforts to develop world-class IT and business skills, and it is great to see this first crop of young Kenyans successfully coming through the SAP Skills for Africa certification process.”

Government hailed the initiative.

“We are looking forward to achieving the goals set out in the Kenya Vision 2030. These goals, however, will not be attained on schedule unless we rationalize our education and training in line with the vision 2030 dream,” commented Dr Matiangi, ICT Cabinet Secretary.

“All sectors now require ICT skills to effectively compete. To do this we must produce young people who are market ready.”

– CAJ News



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