Published On: Mon, Sep 28th, 2015

New initiative addresses Africa skills gaps

From left to right are Maharishi Institute CEO Dr Taddy Blecher and SAP COO Mehmood Khan

From left to right are Maharishi Institute CEO Dr Taddy Blecher and SAP COO Mehmood Khan

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – A NEW partnership has been launched to bridge the digital skills divide across the continent.

Dubbed the SAP Dual Study Programme, it is part of of the SAP Skills for Africa offering.

The project has been launched in partnership with the Maharishi Institute, which facilitates university education for unemployed youth from 11 countries in Africa.

In collaboration with universities across the continent, the SAP Dual Study programme allows high-calibre university students to obtain SAP functional or technical certification during their final two years of studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree.

This allows them to leave university with both academic and industry-relevant qualifications.

Having graduated, support is also provided to students to find attachments in the SAP ecosystem.

The development sees bursaries going to 20 Maharishi students in 2015 and an additional 20 students will also receive bursaries next year.

Dr Taddy Blecher, Chief Executive Officer of the Maharishi Institute, expressed pride in partnering with SAP Africa to drive forward the skills and job creation agenda in South Africa.

“The SAP Skills for Africa programme now enriched by the SAP Dual Study program represents the next era in training relevant ICT skills to proactively address current and future skills requirements in this country,” said Blecher.

The SAP Skills for Africa is an integral part of SAP Africa’s commitment to train 10 000 ICT consultants across the continent by 2020.

It has been launched in Kenya, Morocco and South Africa with plans to expand to other countries.

– CAJ News




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