SAP has introduced a new learning initiative – the Skills for Africa Programme – which was launched at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton. The dual-study programme will provide university students with training and certificates linked to SAP’s latest innovations that align with the company’s Intelligent Enterprise model.
Skills for Africa is aimed at developing information communication technology (ICT) skills among African youth as part of SAP’s global commitment to promoting education and entrepreneurship. The programme will run in 12 countries globally at 23 partnering universities and is offered under the SAP Skills for Africa initiative across Africa.
According to senior vice president of digital skills EMEA South and managing director Marita Mitschein, the dual-study programme will give South African students a welcome boost to accelerate their early careers. “Through a combination of university theoretical studies with the opportunity for students to take SAP certification during academic years under the collaborative curriculum, we help students to bridge the gap between university and workplace by giving them a competitive edge.”
The first South African university partner for the SAP dual-study programme is the University of Cape Town (UCT). Professor Lisa Seymour at UCT said, “Being ranked as the top African university and one of the top 20 per cent of universities worldwide. UCT and our school of IT prides itself in producing knowledgeable, innovative and work-ready graduates that can make a positive impact on the businesses and communities in which they work.”
A group of 48 students will form part of the first SAP dual-study programme at UCT and will start their journey to become SAP-certified associate consultants in SAP cloud platform and web intelligence in November.