SAP Skills programme goes live
81 students commence training for SAP Skills for Africa at MultiMedia
NAIROBI, Kenya — Thursday, July 25, 2013 —Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications & Technology – through the Kenya ICT Board – SAP, and Multi Media University has today kicked off an ICT skills training programme to enhance employability for graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The event was presided over by Kenya ICT Board CEO, Victor Kyalo, Franck Cohen, President SAP Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Douglas Shitanda, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, MultiMedia University and Pfungwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa.
“Capacity development is one of the ways that we are deepening our engagement with the industry. Many industries are run on SAP platforms and currently we have a gap of certified professionals. To become a market leader and grow our economy Kenya must consume knowledge,” said Victor Kyalo, Kenya ICT Board, Ag CEO.
The event saw the official flag-off of a six-week SAP training programme hosted at Multimedia University. A total of 81 young graduates were selected in a competitive process that saw more than 1000 applications. Successful candidates must be recent graduates who scored upper second class and above.
“We believe in the continent and spirit of entrepreneurship. For SAP we want to give and take. We need the right skills and therefore playing a hard in developing them is key. This is part of a long process of collaboration to build competencies that the country needs to grow,” said SAP President in charge of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Franck Cohen.
The Skills for Africa programme idea was conceived in Kenya by Kenya ICT Board and SAP Kenya and was officially launched in September 2012. Already, SAP has adopted the programme which they are looking at rolling out to other African states.
The training targets approximately 100 university graduates annually and is focused on a variety of soft and technical skills key to success in today’s competitive job environment, including SAP certification.
“We are committed to offering up-to-date skills in the market. This partnership is very important to MultiMedia University,” said Douglas Shitanda, Multi Media University, acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, MultiMedia University.
Successful graduates are given scholarships worth an estimated USD 19,000 per student with a slant to benefitting those from a disadvantaged background and women. The training 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 of improving employability among fresh graduates.
The programme training module will cover technology, business, finance, logistics as well as critical soft business skills. The graduates from the course will then be matched with job internships with SAP customers, including some of Kenya’s leading companies including the Kenya Ports Authority.
Skills for Africa has been formulated and integrated within the Kenya ICT framework under Kenya ICT Board’s Chipuka project which seeks to create a mode certification that will be accepted by employers as the minimum standards in software engineering.
Kenya ICT Board, established as a corporation in 2007, has been at the forefront in actively enabling Kenya adopt and exploit ICT, through promotion of partnerships, investments and infrastructure growth for socio economic enrichment. Its vision is that Kenya becomes a top ten global ICT hub by 2030.
The Skills for Africa training programme will enable the Kenyan government through the ICT Board to create job opportunities for fresh graduates by equipping them with relevant, practical skills cutting across all academic disciplines.
With growth and the demand for skills on the African continent top of mind, this programme – a first of its kind in the industry in Africa – will offer selected students across the continent the opportunity to develop world-class IT and business skills, effectively giving them an opportunity to play a role in contributing towards Africa’s future economic growth and infrastructure development.
This comes at a time the Kenyan ICT sector is positioning itself to be a core economic contributor as the country endeavours to achieve the goals set out in Kenya’s economic Blueprint document, Vision 2030.