LUANDA, Angola, June 17, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – SAP’s flagship digital skills development initiative, the Young Professionals Program, celebrates its first graduates from Lusophone Africa.
In a virtual graduation ceremony attended by Constantin Zelenty, Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in Angola, Cathy Smith, General Director of SAP Africa, Pedro Guerreiro, General Director of SAP Central Africa, as well as representatives of partners and clients from SAP, 25 young Portuguese-speaking talents African countries officially graduated after a three-month program aimed at equipping young talents with key skills based on the latest SAP technologies.
Constantin Zelenty, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy in Angola says: “For Angolan companies to grow and be successful in our modern era, they need to harness the transformative power of digital technologies alongside appropriately qualified talent. We hope that this is the first of many groups of graduates who can apply their experience in serving Angola’s ambitions for the modern digital economy. ”
The Young Professionals Program is an initiative offered under the SAP Skills for Africa umbrella and has trained more than 1,460 young people across the continent since its launch in 2012. Recently, the Young Professionals Program has significantly expanded its presence. In 2021 alone, talents from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and, with the latest cohort, Angola and Mozambique graduated.
The two- to three-month program uses a unique enablement plan that includes functional and technical knowledge of SAP software, with a focus on the latest SAP innovations. A soft skills component is included to ensure graduates can operate successfully within the organizations where they are located and have an immediate positive impact. Candidates are typically unemployed or underemployed college graduates selected from the country where the program is offered and graduates as SAP associate consultants. This gives them a competitive advantage in the job market and ensures that organizations using SAP technologies have a constant stream of young talent to help drive their digital transformation efforts.
Pedro Guerreiro, Managing Director for Central Africa at SAP, says graduates will play an invaluable role in supporting SAP customers and partners as they implement their digital transformation strategies. “The last 18 months have highlighted the importance of digital technologies in knowing how well organizations can adapt to disruption and function successfully. As African organizations continue their efforts to develop smart business skills, they need access to expert digital skills. We congratulate the first graduates from Portuguese-speaking Africa and look forward to seeing the impact they will have on our customers and business partners. “
The cohort is part of a collaboration between SAP and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with the goal of jointly creating 450 jobs for highly skilled IT personnel in ten African countries over the course of three years. The cooperation project is part of the Special Job Creation and Training Initiative and the DevelopPPP program that GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Registration for the upcoming SAP Young Professionals Program for candidates from Nigeria and Ivory Coast is open with plans to host more cohorts throughout 2021. For more information and application links, visit https://www.sap .com / mena / training-certification /training-development-institute.html