CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

East Africa: Techno Brain Complements the Nethope Academy Training Program

Techno Brain, has partnered with the NetHope academy by providing placement opportunities for fresh university graduates who are trained in a six-month program at the academy to enhance their classroom and on-the-job IT skills.

The NetHope program launched in Kenya in March 2012 is open to students in Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. Most of the graduates handpicked for this program have gone on to secure full-time IT positions within three months of completing the program.

NetHope Academy provides training and certification in the most relevant technical skills, supplemented with practical on-the-job work experience and daily mentoring and guidance.

With the ever rising demand for employment opportunities, the Techno Brain's involvement has enabled fresh graduates to earn relevant work experience becoming fully competent in the current IT sector and hence boosting their employability.

Techno Brain is among technology partners that include the Kenya ICT Board, Accenture and the Accenture Foundations, Microsoft, Cisco, ESRI, Global VSAT Forum complementing the intern program.

By liaising with universities, Techno Brain scouts for talent in the locations it plans to hire and conducts an exhaustive assessment of the skill sets required which are then shared with the concerned personnel.

The Selection criteria, administered by IT managers, involve a rigorous screening process to ensure only the best candidates are picked through an online application and personal interviews including technical assessment for top candidates.

Participating in this program has enabled Techno Brain to play its role in aligning the beneficiaries in the booming IT industry through best practice exposure to high-end training.

The program enables participating graduates to transition flawlessly into a working environment upon graduation from University.

Frankline Okuche Okal, an ICT graduate from Maseno University and now an intern at Techno Brain says Net Hope greatly assisted him in transitioning into a work environment due to the trainings he received while being prepared to join the IT industry.

"I have had a wonderful transition to Techno Brain as I was already prepared to join the IT industry in various ways from Net Hope," said Okal. "I really like how people at Techno Brain work and treat each other and the cooperation from my colleagues, employee engagement activities and mostly the knowledge am getting from the trainers."

In September 2012, NetHope held a graduation ceremony in Nairobi for 37 IT students graduating from its inaugural Kenya NetHope Academy class.

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