Samsung is doing all it can to reduce the ICT skills gap in Kenya by giving local students hands-on, practical skills at no cost, enabling them to move into jobs after they graduate.
Samsung Electronics East Africa Vice President and Managing Director, Jung Hyun Park, said the Academy’s primary goal is to develop Technicians, Technologists and Engineers across the country to address the critical technical and engineering skills shortage that exists in the job market.
“As Samsung we shape the future with transformative ideas and technologies. As a result the desire to equip young people with latest global technological skills to assist them compete effectively in the job market is what drives us to initiate such noble ideas, and the academy is part of our global company broader goal to develop skilled technicians and engineers across the country”, he stated.
Yesterday the firm saw fifty-eight students graduate from the academy which was launched four years ago. Mr. Park said that the African continent faces a critical shortage of technical and engineering skills and young people fall behind in physical sciences and engineering, Samsung gives the the chance to get hands-on training using its equipment than the expensive training they would get if they were to go overseas for studies.
“Our focus is on those pursuing Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Information Technology, Scientific Computing and Mechanical and Telecommunication Engineering,” said Mr. Park. The top performing students get a chance to intern at Samsung Electronics or its service partners and thereafter work as independent service technicians or employees within in their respective regions.
The academy is part of Samsung’s global ‘Hope for Children’ initiative, which places a strategic focus on bringing attention to the worldwide need for childhood education and healthcare in an effort to improve communities worldwide.
Students are sourced from the Technical University of Kenya, Multimedia University, JKUAT, Kabete National Polytechnic, Nairobi Technical Training Institute and Machakos University College.