Talent and Workforce Building
The ICT Authority in collaboration with other ICT stakeholders has developed programmes to manage the challenge of the gap between industry talent needs and the available human capital produced from the educational institutions.
These programmes are:
Centre of Excellence (COE)
The Centre of Excellence (COE) is based at the University of Nairobi, and aims to train 5,000 students every year to be adequately prepared for employment in the Business Process Outsourcing/Information Technology Enabled Services (BPO/ITES) industry. The COE is a partnership involving leading Kenyan (BPO/ITES) Services companies and their global counterparts, together with the Kenyan academic community. This makes the COE curriculum beneficial to ICT developers and entrepreneurs who wish to increase their competencies in best-in-class practices in the industry.
Chipuka Software Development Certification
Chipuka is a certification programme for software developers targeting entry-level developers in colleges to build their capacity in software development. Through Chipuka developers write and execute high quality code through an authentic examination, in a supervised setting that tests the skills used professionally by IT companies.
The certification was developed and rolled out by the Carnegie Mellon University, a global research university known for its software development capabilities. This makes this certification quite valuable and internationally recognised. The project aims to train 500 hundred developers each year
Huawei Telecom Seeds for the Future
Through a capacity building partnership, Huawei is supporting a programme aimed at providing practical on-the-job skills to 100 top engineering students from all universities countrywide, with the requisite ICT skills.
The Internship Programme involves placement of top engineering students in their 3rd, 4thand 5th year of study in public and private universities, at Huawei for practical on-the-job skills. The students also benefit from a training tour in China. Participants of the programme enjoy a hands-on experience of working for one of the top telecommunications equipment manufacturer globally.
The Huawei Telecom Seeds for the Future Programme aims to fulfil the important objectives of the National ICT Masterplan 2017, specifically on human capital and workforce development, and ICT as a driver for industry.
Microsoft ICT Skills Training
Through this programme, Microsoft will offer support in providing a platform that will enable ICT Skills training for up to 300,000 teachers. Proposed areas of training will include proficiency in Microsoft Technologies, Microsoft Teach with Technology courseware and accreditation as Microsoft Certified Educators.
This is in line with the government’s recognition that to be a leader in ICT, the country must enhance the skills of the workforce for both entrepreneurship and employability so as to create jobs and promote inclusive economic growth.
Commencement: April 2015
Oracle e-Government Capacity Building Programme
This programme aims to raise the level of technical understanding and IT skills required in executing e-Government services, and support the transition of Kenya into the digital age. The programme includes internship and mentoring opportunities for the youth, corporate leadership activities that benefit the community, and enhancing ICT skills development programmes and initiatives.
Commencement: January 2015
Presidential Digital Talent Programme
The Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) is a Public Private Partnership Internship Programme. PDTP targets fresh and qualified ICT graduates and provides a training ground to equip them to be industry leaders and experts in ICT. The programme is designed build and entrench ICT capacity within the Kenyan Government to ensure ICT effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery.
Fresh graduates interested to participate in the programme can make an application.
SAP Skills for Africa
SAP partnered with the ICT Authority to offer a scholarship programme that develops a rich pool of employable graduates who are empowered to find jobs, providing much needed local skills to the ICT industry. The programme seeks to bridge the skills gap between demand for skills by the industry and demand for meaningful jobs from in the country.
The programme involves training of the best Kenyan university graduates per year. Students who pass the certification exam are then placed into internships that will kick-start their career as SAP consultants. The 2013 class had 56 students receive Professional SAP Certification, with 63 students receiving certification in 2014.
SAP Dual Study Programme
The Dual Study Programme is a new programme under the SAP Skills for Africa umbrella, which is a collaboration between SAP and Universities to provide students the opportunity to train and certify as SAP consultants. SAP launched the programme in 2015 to build on the momentum of the SAP Skills for Africa Scholarship Programme. It is in pilot in partnership with Strathmore University for 30 students. .
- The Dual Study Programme Structure
- Internationally recognised SAP Certification
- Courses undertaken: ERP Foundation, SAP Technical or Functional Training, Soft Skills and Design Thinking
- Self study support: 12 months access to SAP Learning Hub Student Edition in a supported self study model
- Internship: 6-12 months paid internship with participating SAP partner company in Kenya