JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — 12 June 2018 — SAP Africa today welcomed the graduation of 31 candidates that completed the first Skills For Africa program focused on 21st century cloud computing skills. The South African SAP Skills For Africa 2018 program launched in April and concluded today, with all 30 candidates ready to assume key job functions within the SAP partner organisations.
SAP Skills For Africa was launched in 2012 with the aim of providing digital skills development training to hand-picked graduates, who undergo intense training before filling key job functions within SAP’s customers and partner organisations. More than 600 graduates have since completed the intense training schedule, adding essential digital skills to organisations in South Africa, Morocco and Kenya. In 2016, SAP Skills for Africa received global recognition by winning the Hasso Plattner Founder’s Award, the highest accolade awarded by SAP.
According to Cathy Smith, Managing Director of SAP Africa, the graduates will play important roles as companies build digital skills capacity to ensure they can take advantage of digital transformation. “The future of work will be fundamentally different to anything we’ve yet experienced. Unskilled jobs around the world are disappearing, and lifelong learning is becoming a prerequisite to success in the digital age. Some studies estimate that 10% of new jobs will be in occupations that don’t exist yet. For companies to remain successful amid such profound disruption, they need access to relevant, up-to-date digital skills that can make a practical difference within their organisations. SAP Skills For Africa is our contribution to providing access to digital skills to our partners and customers, and to ensure the next generation of South African knowledge workers are future-fit for the challenges of tomorrow.”
A total of 30 candidates are now headed to the eight partner organisations taking part in this year’s South African leg of SAP Skills For Africa, namely EOH, BMW, Consnet, T-Systems, Westrocon Seidor, Gijima, Deloitte, and Khusela Business Intelligence Technologi.
“As many as 375 million workers will need to learn new skills and change jobs by 2030 as automation and exponential technologies change the world of employment forever. With millennials accounting for 75% of the global workforce by 2025, it is essential that organisations invest in digital skills development now if they wish to have access to scarce skills and remain competitive in the future. We wish our new graduates the best as they join our partner organisations and start driving digital transformation at some of the country’s leading technology companies,” says Smith.
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