As techies in Kenya build web and mobile apps IBM is seriously wooing scholars to come and work in Africa to run its computing, research and business consultancy programs putting to shame our own varsities for failure to fill the skills gap even as thousands of youth languish jobless.
The issue is not lack of jobs, we realize but a lack of employable skills.
According to Kenya’s Julisha report, carried out by the Kenya ICT Board 2011-2012, Kenya trains over 9,600 ICT each year but a third of the companies that participated in the survey plan to contract external providers due to the lack of skills by these professionals especially in software development and project management.
Instead of outsourcing this jobs, IBM through its LEADAfrica program is set to relocate professionals with MBA’s and Master’s Degrees in Technology to come and on its several initiatives in Africa.
IBM works with big name names firms on the planet, providing IT services and consultancy across all industries including energy, telecom, business, finance, health, media and entertainment and therefore need expertise to help their clients.
“What we do goes far beyond computers. We are helping to bring clean water to developing countries; championing efforts to combat climate change; helping traffic flow more freely; developing cutting-edge ‘intelligent’ buildings; and helping consumers get more from mobile technology.”
According to IBM, “Talent matters. In today’s intensely competitive global marketplace, IBM needs the skills and expertise of its workforce to fill critical roles in fast-growing markets such as Africa. As a leader in the global economy, IBM is investing to build those skills and you can be a part of the growth.”
The multinational firm adds that whether one is in their career or an experienced professional, there is a job for them to come and make a difference to Africa, its clients and the world at an attractive package.
IBM is helping Africa by bringing back its sons and daughters in the diaspora. Its bringing back skills to grow industries and economies and its is also fighting brain drain.