SAP Skills for Africa – Cape Town
The SAP Skills for Africa programme is an intense ICT and business skills course and this first Cape Town chapter will take place from end June to September. In response to specific requests from the SAP customers involved, for the first time, the students will be introduced to the SAP Industry Solutions: Retail and Utilities as part of their training. The SAP Skills for Africa course also incorporates essential business and soft skills training as well an introduction to SAP HANA – SAP’s in-memory data platform that is deployable as an on-premise appliance or in the cloud – with formal SAP Academy accreditation resulting in an internationally recognised associate SAP consultant certification. The programme is fully-sponsored with no cost to the students, with 44 selected out of 3500 applications.
The key SAP customers that are participating in Cape Tow include: Accenture, City of Cape Town, Pick n Pay and Shoprite. Chris Shortt, GM of Information Systems at Pick ‘n Pay commented “We have committed itself to creating 20 new jobs every working day until 2020. We know that millions of South Africans, and indeed people across the continent are unemployed, and welcome the SAP training that is being offered. We are proud to be one of the sponsors of this training in South Africa. As South Africa’s favourite retail store, sustainability is part of our business model and this partnership is one way of helping to address unemployment”, commented Chris Shortt, General Manager Information Systems at Pick n Pay.
Lawrence Kandaswami, Managing Director for SAP South Africa added that there are many education and skills development initiatives that been introduced across Africa over the years, but what is key is to link skills development to job creation through internships – resulting in jobs for these talented individuals.
“In a developing economy such as ours, a digital education isn’t accessible for all. What we see is a cavernous gap between the education that young people are receiving and what the employment market needs. Critical to the success of the SAP Skills for Africa programme is collaboration and we are delighted to be partnering with Western Cape business and government through this exciting initiative.”