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Nigeria to benefit as 27 youths complete digital training

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Nigeria is expected to benefit from the empowerment of 27 young professionals who have completed their digital training programme.

The training is part of the SAP Young Professional Program, an initiative under the umbrella of SAP Skills for Africa.The new graduates from Ghana and Nigeria will join another group of graduates from Nigeria who completed their training in August.

According to the Senior Vice President Digital Skills Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa SAP and Managing Director at the SAP Training and Development Institute, Marita Mitschein, this year’s programme was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With countries across the continent in lockdown for much of this year, we had to adapt to a fully virtual delivery model. The new reality brought by coronavirus has further highlighted the urgent need to accelerate digital skills development, especially as the world becomes increasingly digital. We are grateful to this year’s graduates for taking on the challenge and making a success of their training despite the challenging conditions,” Mitschein stated.

According to the World Bank’s data, more than 230 million jobs in Africa will require digital skills by 2030. It said the continent is also the world’s most youthful region, with more than 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population under the age of 25.

However, despite the opportunities, it said many youths are still affected by high unemployment rates, adding urgency to the establishment of sustainable digital skills development programmes that can equip the continent’s youth with work-ready skills.

The Ghanaian Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said: “The COVID-19 crisis has plunged the whole world into uncharted waters and transformed the way businesses and organisations operate, communicate and transfer knowledge. What this means is that we must leapfrog our efforts at employing digital skills to meet our needs and aspirations. Partnerships and collaborations are essential in this.”

Former graduate Emmanuel Akpanika, who now works as SAP Associate Consultant at Deloitte Nigeria, said: “The SAP Young Professional Program has shifted my career into a high gear. The technical and soft skills I developed during the programme have enabled me to seamlessly integrate and live up to what is expected of an SAP Associate Consultant at one of the leading global firms, Deloitte.”


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