SAP Skills for Africa Takes to the Cloud(s) as New-look 2018 Program Kicks-off in South Africa

  • First Skills for Africa program focusing on cloud-specific skills
  • Four new partners on-boarded for 2018
  • 31 candidates will undergo training over next two months


 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 18 April 2018 – SAP Skills for Africa launched its 2018 South Africa program today with four new partners and a refined focus on cloud-based digital skills. This year is the fifth year that SAP Skills for Africa will train and develop hand-picked graduates in the latest SAP applications, and the first year that the program will focus specifically on cloud-related skills.

According to Meena Confait, Head of SAP Skills for Africa, the program has evolved into an indispensable resource of scarce digital skills. “We have learned a tremendous amount about how to develop and train work-ready digital workers who can make an immediate impact in our customers’ and partners’ businesses. The extensive testing we conduct has also provided us with accurate insights into the key challenges our customers and partners face, leading to this year’s decision to concentrate the South African program’s training on SAP Hybris and SAP SuccessFactors as the most in-demand SAP-related digital skills for 2018.”

More than 600 graduates have completed SAP Skills for Africa’s intense training schedule since 2012, adding essential digital skills to organisations in South Africa, Morocco and Kenya. The initiative aims to provide digital skills development training to hand-picked graduates, who undergo intense training before filling key job functions within SAP’s customers and partner organisations. In 2016, SAP Skills for Africa received global recognition by winning the Hasso Plattner Founder’s Award, the highest accolade awarded by SAP.

The South African leg of SAP Skills for Africa will train and develop 31 graduates who will be placed at 8 SAP partners, namely; EOH, BMW,             Consnet, T-systems, WestroconSeidor, Gijima, Deloitte, and Khusela Business Intelligence Technologi.

Eda Lombard, General Manager IT: Shared Services Centre, South Africa at BMW Group South Africa says: “As a business, BMW is heavily invested in South Africa, with production of the new BMW X3 just started in April at our Rosslyn production facility following a R6.1-billion investment. However, any modern business needs digital skills to remain competitive and enable continuous excellence and innovation. SAP Skills for Africa will provide us with essential digital skills that will improve our competitiveness and ensure we are able to maintain the highest quality standards.”

According to Martin van Wyk, Managing Director at WestroconSeidor, the SME sector in South Africa will become a core driver of economic and employment growth – as long as they have access to much-needed digital skills. “We recently received recognition for our contribution to promoting SAP technology among small and medium-sized businesses. We believe it is only through a continued and sustained drive to foster technology adoption among SMEs that we will truly see this sector unlock its potential to accelerate the South African economy. SAP Skills for Africa provides us with direct access to upskilled technology workers that can help us realise our vision of solving business problems, improving efficiency, and increasing profitability.”

The South African leg of the 2018 SAP Skills for Africa program kicks off today, with training to take place until mid-June. All 31 candidates who complete the training will be ready to enter the respective SAP partners’ businesses on a full-time basis from July.

Cathy Smith, Managing Director: Africa at SAP Africa, says: “Accelerating economic prosperity and driving positive social impact are two of the cornerstones of our global business. This year’s SAP Skills for Africa program will contribute to our goal of helping every customer become a best-run business, equipping them with the tools they need to fuel innovation and transform their businesses for the digital age. We wish all of this year’s candidates the best with their training and look forward to seeing the impact they make when they join our partner and customer businesses.”