CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

25 April 2014

Kenya: SAP Africa Partners With Techno Brain to Address Africa's Skills Shortage

SAP Africa has signed up Techno Brain Ltd.as an official SAP Africa Education delivery partner. This was announced at Techno Brain's headquarters, Nairobi. Techno Brain is an IT Solutions Company focusing on Customized software applications, Training Solutions and BPO Solutions cutting across various industries and verticals.

This partnership comes on the heels of the launch of the SAP Skills for Africa programme that was announced by SAP's global co-CEO, Jim Snabe. The programme, is the African chapter of an SAP Workforce of the Future campaign that is aimed at tackling various complex skills challenges in EMEA.

"Our partnership with SAP to drive skills development is of strategic value," says Manoj Shanker, Group CEO Techno Brain. "Our goals for this project are ambitious. As we grow as an organisation, the need for work-ready people grows too. Our mission is clearly aligned with SAP Africa's goals to create IT skills and employment for the future in Africa.

With operations Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, Mauritius, Lesotho, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe,Techno Brain's training division trains more than 10,000 people a year in nine centers worldwide. The organization plans to introduce a combination of SAP Education student training kits, SAP e-learning programs, as well as a hybrid classroom instructor-based teaching model across the continent over the next two years.

There are three objectives to putting education and skills at the centers of Techno Brain's expansion plan: to build their own workforce, enable business competitiveness and participation in the African economy and - in alignment with SAP Africa's objectives - create centers of excellence. Techno Brain's reach and scope into Africa strengthens SAP's extensive partner skills building network on the continent.

"Our partners in East Africa play a critical role in helping us to create a rich talent pool in Africa for the entire SAP ecosystem," said Andrew Waititu MD, SAP East Africa. "We see huge business opportunities for our partners in East Africa and recognize that their support is key to our ongoing success."

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