A software company in Germany, SAP in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, has revealed plans to jointly create 450 jobs for qualified personnel in the IT sector in ten African countries.
The countries are Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia.
This partnership was unveiled last Friday in Berlin by German Development Minister Gerd Müller and by Michael Kleinemeier, a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and head of SAP Digital Business Services targeting unemployed university graduates.
According to them, these graduates will undergo a three-month training program, followed by assistance to help them find jobs in local companies.
The first phase of the program will start this year in Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Nigeria.
Also, as part of the overall program, 600 unemployed university graduates will receive training and certification for jobs in the local IT sector with the aim of placing at least three out of four program graduates into employment.
Quoting the German Development Minister, Gerd Müller:
“Africa’s young people need opportunities for the future and they urgently need jobs that are viable and that help close the digital divide and make headway on development. To that end, we have to seize the great opportunities offered by digital technology”.
Also speaking the SAP Executive Board Member, Michael Kleinemeier added that
“Africa has the youngest population in the world. By 2050, its population will double, reaching more than 2.5 billion. Giving young people digital skills and IT training will create jobs and boost growth in Africa. SAP has been supporting Africa for several years through training and upskilling program in the digital sector.
According to reports, the joint program is planned to cover a period of three years and it emerged from the Strategic Partnership “Digital Africa”, a network uniting German development cooperation players and European companies.