The ICT Authority has opened applications for the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (Digitalent) for the year 2023/24 (Cohort VIII).
400 slots are open for the programme which seeks to equip and prepare fresh ICT and engineering graduates with hands-on ICT Skills to improve their employability and entrepreneurship opportunities.
“Through the Presidential Digital Talent Internship Program (PDTP), the Government of Kenya continues to produce highly skilled ICT labour for the industry.” Stanley Kamanguya, CEO of the ICT Authority, said in a notice shared on Tuesday.
One of the Pillars of the Kenya National Digital Master Plan ( 2022- 32) is that of Digital skills and this is a core ingredient required to run the Digital Economy as envisioned in the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda(BETA).
Digital Skills are a pre-requisite for benefitting from any technology, across all sectors of the economy and at all levels of the skills spectrum.
The skills will enable every Kenyan to access Digital technology, have digital literacy and so access and participate in the digital economy.
The Digital Skills Pillar is focused on developing the requisite competencies and expertise required for the Digital Economy.
The Interns also acquire other non-digital skills sets such as critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills and those with innovations deepen their knowledge in ICT Innovation.
To date, the programme has trained more than 2,000 interns who have been absorbed in different sectors of the economy.