Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies recently held the inaugural job fair to help link up Kenyan information and communications technology (ICT) students with industry partners for employment and internship.
Huawei said in a statement released in Nairobi on Tuesday that 15 Kenyan youth with its flagship routing and switching certifications (HCIA-R&S) secured jobs and internship at leading ICT firms during the fair.
Bob Kang, Huawei Kenya’s head of enterprise business and service delivery department said robust industry-academia linkages are key to boost employability of youth trained in ICT related fields.
“Universities and education institutions should deepen cooperation with industry partners to develop ICT talents,” said Kang.
“We hope that by organizing this job fair, outstanding young people will engage with our channel partners and customers to explore better career opportunities,” he added.
Currently, Huawei has partnered with 23 Kenyan universities and colleges to promote development of ICT skills among youth and enable them to become digital entrepreneurs.
The Huawei ICT Academy that is domiciled in these universities and colleges has boosted knowledge of Kenyan youth in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and internet of things.
Kang said that Huawei will support training and transfer of knowledge in order to bridge a skills gap that has slowed down Kenya’s quest to become a digital economy hub.
Joram Kinuthia, deputy director at the University of Nairobi’s network infrastructure services said that apprenticeship programs supported by industry are key to enable tech-savvy youth to secure jobs or launch start-ups.
“We appreciate the role of industry in providing hands on ICT skills to the youth and positioning them as key players in the digital economy,” said Kinuthia.
Zipporah Wachira, a second year telecommunications and engineering student from a public university, hailed ICT skills upgrade program for Kenyan youth supported by Huawei, saying it is key to alleviate unemployment. Enditem