SAP Skills for Africa extended to Morocco
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP), the enterprise software firm, has expanded its Skills for Africa initiative to Morocco.
Part of SAP Africa’s goal is to provide 10 000 trained ICT consultants by 2020 focused on Africa’s growth industries.
The Morocco programme represents intense collaboration between SAP Africa and its partners in the region, many of whom are also united by a mission to drive socio-economic growth and stimulate job creation.
Partners, some of whom were represented at the Tuesday’s media event at the SAP Africa Forum include the OCP Foundation, CBI, HP-CDG, ATOS, IBM, EOH/BC Skills, Progesto, Corporate Software, ValuePass Consulting, Conso’System Consulting, as well as Injaz Al-Maghrib and Blue Storm.
OCP Foundation the charity arm of OCP Group, have sponsored the infrastructure for the local Skills for Africa training in terms of providing facilities, equipment and hardware.
“Skills development and the promotion of education are core mandates for the OCP Foundation,“commented Amine Alaoui, EVP for OCP Foundation.
“This partnership with SAP is an exciting opportunity to drive both the skills and job creation agenda forward in Morocco.”
SAP is committed to driving business in North Africa with the ultimate objective of improving people’s lives through the deployment of innovative industry-specific software solutions, Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa CEO said.
“This is not possible without developing the right skills and creating the right jobs in the communities in which we do business,” added Serima.
He said fact that all 39 of the first Moroccan Skills for Africa class had guaranteed internships – provided they complete their studies successfully – was testament to the power of the partner ecosystem.
“I salute our local partners for their commitment and passion in paving the way for real career opportunities for dedicated young North African professionals,” Serima added.
SAP Africa launched the first chapter of the SAP Skills for Africa initiative in 2012 in Kenya.
Since then, the effort has gained significant momentum.
With growth and the scarcity of ICT and business skills as well as jobs in North Africa top of mind for many, over the course of the last six months SAP Africa actively engaged with partners who are similarly committed to the initiative’s objectives.
– CAJ News
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