Oracle reveals initiative to up IT skills in Africa

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According to Oracle, it has a vision covering four elements – employee readiness, ecosystem readiness, workforce readiness and youth readiness. (Image Source: http://mccarthy-knouse.com).

Oracle has revealed an initiative designed to enrich and increase the skills capacity of IT practitioners in Africa. The four-pronged program has been devised as a response to the rapid adoption of new technologies by governments and businesses in Africa, exacerbating the shortage of suitably skilled practitioners to use the systems to best advantage.

Alfonso Di Ianni, Senior Vice President, Oracle East Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, stated that: “Today IT holds the promise to promote social inclusion, combat corruption, expand the digital economy and enable stronger links between citizens and governments, businesses and customers, NGOs and the communities they serve. They can do this and at the same time dramatically reduce costs and improve efficiency. However for technology to support such transformation, organisations must have ready access to people capable of setting up and maintaining these systems.”

According to Oracle, it has a vision covering four elements – employee readiness, ecosystem readiness, workforce readiness and youth readiness. Oracle is intending to is reach out to governments, the private sector and non-profit organisations to implement a long term skills strategy that will help fulfill demand for relevant IT skills.

Using the materials and manpower from Oracle University, Oracle Academy, Oracle Partner Enablement, Oracle Sales Consulting and the Public Sector Center of Excellence, Oracle will, in partnership with the organisation or community, create programmes addressing their skills need.

According to Oracle, two such partnerships are already underway with the Lagos State government in Nigeria and Equity Group Foundation in Kenya.

Darryl Linington