SAP reveals Skills for Africa spend
By MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SAP Africa, the enterprise software corporation, is spending about US$ 2 million for its Skills for Africa project in South Africa.
The job creation initiative, which has been launched in Johannesburg, will initially benefit 75 talented students from around the Southern African country.
“We are spending US $ 25 000 per student during the exercise. We are spending quite significantly in the project,” Mehmood Khan, the SAP Africa Chief Operations Officer, disclosed.
The students come from a list of 1 000 applicants that were subjected to rigorous testing and interviewing procedures that resulted in a shortlist of 150 that was finally winnowed down to 75.
The South African programme represents collaboration between SAP Africa and local SAP customers and partners, including Accenture, ATOS, BMW, Consnet, T-Systems, Tata Consulting Services, Britehouse, Gauteng Provincial Government, MICT SETA and Multichoice.
The launch of the South African chapter will also see SAP Africa employees volunteering to mentor all the students over a ten-week period. The course focuses on internationally recognised IT and business skills.
Khan was hopeful the South African project of the Skills for Africa will maintain the pass rate attained in other parts of the continent.
It has been successful in Kenya and Morocco.
Khan disclosed this had exceeded international rates.
“We have had 100 percent rate in Kenya and Morocco and hope to maintain that in South Africa with this group of students. The average international pass rate for the programme is 50 percent but locally it has been 100 percent because of the talent among students and partners that we have here.
SAP Skills for Africa is an integral part of SAP Africa’s commitment to train 10 000 information and communications technology consultants across the continent by 2020.
SAP Africa launched the first chapter of the SAP Skills for Africa with the Kenyan government in 2013.
Since then, the effort has also gained significant momentum in Morocco and now in South Africa. Other SAP focus countries are being considered for 2016.
– CAJ News
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