SAP Africa and Strathmore University has announced a partnership on a job creation program under the SAP Skills for Africa Initiative. Dubbed the SAP Dual Study Program, this initiative has awarded scholarships to thirty students towards the globally recognized SAP Associate Financial Consultant certification.
Apart from the technical training, the students will get a chance to enhance their business acumen and refine their project management, communication, presentation, negotiation among other skill sets. The program will kick-off in October 2015 to March 2016 when they will sit for their certification exam. Afterwards, participants will get an internship opportunity in the SAP Eco System, which will eventually lead to full employment.
This project complements The Kenya National ICT Masterplan (2017) which emphasizes the need to develop sustainable high end ICT skills in the country that meets industry’s transforming needs. As more African economies are fast growing, there is a huge demand for SAP consultants. A variety of companies large and small are turning to SAP ERP to run their business better in Africa.
Andrew Waititu, Managing Director, SAP East Africa said “SAP is committed to driving business in Africa with the ultimate objective of improving people’s lives through deployment of innovative industry specific solutions in mainly the public sector, energy & natural resources, telcos and infrastructure. This commitment is backed by a Board-approved investment plan up to 2020.”
A key component of SAP’s Africa Growth Plan, is the training of new consultants in Africa in the next five years. These skilled people will enable governments and private sector to improve the way they do business across the continent and ultimately the World – ultimately driving prosperity through job creation.
“When we started working on the SAP Skills for Africa Programme our vision was that of ensuring that we have adequate high-end ICT skills in Kenya. This would ensure that our young people have jobs and our companies are sustainable. I am glad that these skills are now being inculcated right at the university level, before students get to the job market. I want to congratulate Strathmore and SAP for taking up this initiative and call on more universities to partner with SAP,” says Victor Kyalo, the CEO of the ICT Authority.
These programs are being offered at the @iLabAfrica Research Centre, an institution of Excellence in ICT under the Faculty of Information Technology. @iLabAfrica is focused on Research, Innovation, Business Incubation and Training to catalyze projects geared towards achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Skills for Africa is SAP’s umbrella program to provide accessible SAP orientated training and jobs to the youth of Kenya.
Under Skills for Africa SAP has already implemented the Scholarship program, training and certifying over 100 unemployed graduates in SAP- providing them with internationally recognized certifications and attachment with our SAP Partners and customers.