The Star (Nairobi)

19 January 2013

Kenya Needs 4,000 Digital Engineers

Kenya will need at least 4000 digital systems technicians by 2015 to meet the growing demand for the services, according to Vision 2030 director General Mugo Kibati.

Kibati said the need for a pool of experts was driven by deepening mobile penetration and a growing economy. He was speaking at a briefing hosted by Samsung Engineering Academy, where he advocated for locally trained experts.

Early this week, the presidential assented to the Technical and Vocational Education Training Bill 2012,which aims to create a conducive environment for development of such training facilities.

Samsung Electronics East Africa set up the academy a year ago targeting to contribute 2,000 graduates by 2015 in the continent. Around 200 of the trainees drawn from Multimedia University College, Kabete Technical Training Institute, PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute and the Nairobi Technical training Institute will graduate in coming weeks. Samsung is currently the leading mobile device used in Kenya.

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