The SAP initiative, comprised of recent graduates and experienced professionals trained and certified to support the IT needs of partners in EMEA North, saw its first cohorts graduate on October 18.

WALLDORF, Germany October 19, 2022 SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the first two cohorts of its Partner Talent Initiative graduated on October 18. Designed to attract, train, and certify new SAP consultants and then make them available to partners for hiring, the initiative benefitted from the participation of SAP partners such as Deloitte, CGI, Accenture, and KPMG.

According to the 2021 “IT Skills and Salary Report” from Skillsoft, 76% of IT decision-makers see critical skills gaps on their teams. (That’s up 145% from five years earlier.) The ever-changing nature of technology means that closing the skills gap will always be a challenge. But there is good news. Skillsoft also reported that 92% of respondents had at least one certification. And 80% said the benefits of being certified included faster performance and better outcomes.

“Partners play a vital role in delivering value to our customers,” said Rohit Nagarajan, EMEA North President, SAP. “We’ve been working very closely with our partners to understand what they need to help in creating success for our joint customers. The Partner Talent Initiative is focused on creating sufficient capacity in the market of high value SAP skills, trained and accredited by SAP directly – that our partners can benefit from. So, if you’re a partner looking for trained and certified consultants, we have some great people we’d like you to meet.”

Future cohorts will focus on a range of areas, including SAP® SuccessFactors® and SAP S/4HANA®.

The graduation, a live broadcast, featured stories from some of the newly qualified consultants as well as a panel discussion about opportunities for new consultants and partners.

“As a growing business, Delaware is constantly looking to hire new talent,” said Kaity Cloke, Senior Recruitment Partner, Delaware. “The Partner Talent Initiative has attracted high-caliber candidates with a range of expertise. This offers us a fast-track approach to acquiring qualified talent at a significantly lower cost than driving and delivering this in-house.”

Because partners play such a big role in SAP’s success, making sure partners have the qualified employees they need to serve and satisfy customers helps SAP, the partner, and the customer.

A Big Start and a Full Slate
Launched in June 2022, the SAP Partner Talent Initiative initially received 1500 applications. The first two cohorts will graduate 40 consultants. An additional schedule of cohorts is running now, and others are planned for the remainder of 2022 and into Q1/Q2 of 2023.

Learn More
Read about the SAP Partner Talent Initiative and how to apply.

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