SAP Young Professional program helps build a more collaborative digital workforce in East Africa



  • Going fully virtual opens access to more candidates in the East African region
  • Students from Uganda, Tanzania participate for the first time
  • The program prepares 27 college graduates to make an immediate impact as SAP Associate Consultants

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – The Young Professionals Program, SAP’s flagship digital skills development initiative, has welcomed the graduation of 27 SAP Associate Consultants in East Africa after successfully completing a virtual training program.

After switching to a fully virtual delivery in light of COVID-19, opportunities were created for candidates from more countries to participate in the SAP Young Professional Program across the African continent. The final group of East African graduates included candidates from Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as giving candidates from Uganda and Tanzania their first opportunity to receive SAP training and certification as part of the program.

Cathy Smith, CEO of SAP Africa, says the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across the continent, creating a greater need for digital skills. “Organizations across the continent continue to adapt to a world reshaped by the pandemic, accelerating their digital transformation journeys in an effort to maintain business productivity and drive innovation. It is vital to us that our customers and partners have access to the depth of SAP skills they need to thrive. This latest cohort of graduates will play an important role in supporting organizations throughout the East African region. “

With a renewed focus on regional and pan-African cooperation through initiatives such as the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Agreement and the East African Community, African countries and their citizens have the opportunity to collaborate like never before.

By hosting all training in a fully virtual multi-country environment, the SAP Young Professional Program is playing a role in helping foster greater cross-cultural collaboration between candidates who would not normally have the opportunity to work together.

Eva Sang, a graduate from Kenya, says: “Collaboration and sharing ideas across borders not only enriched the learning experience, we gained valuable information about each other’s countries and culture. It also allowed us to create strong professional and personal networks in the region, which would be useful during international assignments. ”

For Estifanos Alemseged, a graduate from Ethiopia, the Young Professionals Program was an enriching experience. “Applying for the program was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. It has given me a ticket to land and explore an outstanding career path. At this moment I am confident and excited to contribute to the digital transformation of my country and region ”.

Natasha Nkurunziza, a Ugandan graduate, says the program helped her discover her capabilities. “I loved both the Business Process Integration and SAP Activate Manager course because it gave me an overview of what SAP S / 4 HANA entails and how to deliver projects with SAP Best Practices, which gave me the opportunity to find out what I was doing. I would like to specialize from an informed point of view. “

Since its inception in 2012, the SAP Young Professional Program, an initiative of SAP Skills for Africa, has trained more than 3,150 talents in 31 countries, including more than 1,390 in Africa. “The two to three month program covers technical and functional knowledge and certification of SAP software, with a key focus on the latest SAP innovations. Future and soft skills trainings ensure that graduates can have an immediate impact on the organizations they work for after graduation, ”explains Marita Mitschein, CEO of SAP’s Institute for Training and Development and senior vice president of digital skills at SAP for Southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. , who launched the show in 2012.

The East Africa 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 supported by the Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation, which operates under the Invest for Jobs brand, and the program implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ).

The next East Africa program is scheduled to start in late March. Recruitment is now open and candidates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda can apply by following the links below:


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