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IBM’s plan to skill up Africa’s workforce

February 10, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms

 

IBM has initiated several programs to support ICT skills development across Africa. (Image source: Google/techgig.com)

IBM has initiated several programs to support ICT skills development across Africa. (Image source: Google/techgig.com)

IBM today announced new IT knowledge-building initiatives that will enable the existing and future workforce to develop new analytics, cloud and data skills crucial to the continent’s economic growth and social development.

Today’s technology based services in many African countries are often insufficient or merely addressing point-problems. The continent’s challenges, stemming from a lack of key infrastructure, keeping pace with rapid urbanisation and other factors, are impediments to developing a cohesive technology base across Africa.

“Leaders in business, education and government agree that enabling the existing and future workforce to perform at the cutting edge of technology trends such as big data, analytics and cloud computing is key to Africa’s growth,” said Takreem El Tohamy, General Manager IBM Middle East and Africa “This type of investment will help boost regional economic development across Africa and drive industrial innovation for the global economy.”

Big Data and the derived technology solutions that create insight and actionable knowledge need to be an integral part of economic development and part of the social fabric. Advancing science and technology by developing skills across Africa to build a talent pipeline for future IBM, business partner and client hirings, are essential to fostering this economic growth.

The IBM programs, including IBM Africa Technical Institutes; Software Skills Enablement; University Relations and Faculty Awards; and  Africa Internship Program, below are a key first step to making that a reality. Through new delivery models, such as SaaS, IBM is dramatically increasing its reach across the African continent.

These programs are examples of a set of investments that IBM is making to support IT skills development in Africa. IBM continues to expand our presence across Africa working with local businesses, partners, clients and communities in building Africa’s innovation, skills, IT capabilities and talent.

Staff Writer

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