SAP Africa's Skills for Africa Programme Gains Momentum with Graduation of Kenyan Students

Nov 4, 2013 7:55 AM ET

On the heels of SAP Africa's recent announcement of an agreement with the World Bank to consolidate skills development efforts in Africa, SAP Africa today announced that the first group of students, from Kenya, have successfully graduated from the Skills for Africa training certification.

The training that has been conducted in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, incorporating Kenyan ICT authorities and Nairobi's Multi Media University, 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 Kenya's leading companies, like Bidco, Mumias Sugar Company and other leading SAP partners in the region.

This initiative 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 Kenya 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.

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