TTCS Graduate Trainee Programme steers Africa’s economic growthfrom MERCY MUJURU in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – TWENTY Third Century Systems (TTCS), the pan-African business solutions provider, has launched its information and communications technology (ICT) graduate trainee programme to develop a skills base and drive the growth of the continent.
TTCS has presence in Nigeria, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
The scheme, which started in 2011 as an incubation programme for the global software developer, SAP, initially began as a project for graduate trainees from Zimbabwe, where TTCS is headquartered, but now attracts candidates from all over Africa.
The Chief Secretary to the Zimbabwean President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, who was the Guest of Honour and who officially launched the programme said businesses must embrace ICTs to increase business efficiency.
“Researchers tell us that the application of ICTS have increased operational efficiencies by 80% and also contributed to minimise human error and reduced the risk of corruption,” he said.
“The fast-paced ICT-driven business processes, together with the accompanying intense competition in the global market place, enjoins us to place a huge premium on the development of skills and expertise in the use of ICTs.
“Indeed, as Africans, the work is already cut out for us. We either innovative or be condemned to economic backwardness,” Dr Sibanda, said.
He commended TTCS for embarking on such an initiative to empower young Africans through capacity building in Africa.
Speaking at the launch, Group Chief Executive of TTCS, Ellman Chanakira, said the programme would spearhead innovations which would form the backbone Africa’s economic growth.
“From a business view-point, we use this programme to develop a continuous pipeline of resources across Africa, to support our ever-growing portfolio of projects.
“TTCS skills are in huge demand, and our products have supported SAP projects across Africa as well as in Europe, Australia and the Middle East,” Chanakira said.
“Our biggest drive, as an organisation, is to transform Africa through the use of ICTs. Information is the new currency of the world and in our world today, technology and information are inextricably attached.
“You cannot talk of one without the other. The biggest economies of the next generation will, without doubt be influenced by who exploits technology the most today, not tomorrow,” Chanakira said.
He noted that the biggest economies of the next generation would be influenced by the adoption of technology.
“The pipeline of the future is going to be written by actioning the advantage of technology – or the failure to,” Chanakira said.
The programme has more than 120 graduate trainees from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi and Uganda.
“At the beginning of this year, TTCS added 55 more trainees to its employee pool and extended the programmes’ reach to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Uganda,” Chanakira said.
“In July, graduates from French and Portuguese speaking Africa, including Mozambique, Angola, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania will also join the programme,” he added.
TTCS is a global company with offices in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria. Its footprint includes partnerships in South Africa, Botswana, Ghana and French-speaking West Africa.
– CAJ News
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