The ICT Authority has announced that it has begun recruitment for its fifth cohort of DigiTalents.
The authority will work with Huawei to train 400 DigiTalents through an online portal which matches them to internships as well as mentors. The portal is also used for submitting and assessing innovations.
The ICT Authority signed a MoU with Huawei in 2014 that focused on capacity building as key components. This MoU was renewed in 2017 providing a cutting-edge cloud data center for ICT Authority’s sister organization under the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs.
With its East Africa Training Center in Kenya, over 30 Universities and Institutes certified as training partners, and access to the best global training materials, Huawei was able to step up to the task. Over 150 DigiTalents received training and (should they pass the exam) will be certified free-of-charge, joining the more than 1,200 other students from the program in recent years to have been trained.
“I want to thank you especially for the continued support and collaboration in several programs that Huawei has been supporting under the skills and career development toward our Digitalents. Even our state corporations have great interest in technology training that Huawei is offering”. Said Zilpher A Owiti, Head of Capacity Development & Literacy, Programme Manager and National Coordinator PDTP.
— ICT Authority (@ICTAuthorityKE) June 6, 2020
“It was an honor to facilitate HCIA-AI certification training for the PDTP group, my first experience with the program coordinated by Huawei and ICT Authority. ‘’ Philip Apodo Oyier, was one of the University lecturers helping train the students.
‘’We had 21 interns in the class from varied backgrounds, thus the training approach was to build up from basic concepts to advanced topics, and emphasize on the practical labs. The interns had one week to prepare for the training, but looks like this did not happen. The start was slow, but with encouragement from ICT Authority and Huawei, attendance improved with time. Students with programming challenges shared their screens, and the whole class participated in finding a solution. ‘’ he added.
After completing their testing, the participants will have access to free Huawei learning resources and tools including eNSP, Fusion Computer and different AI models. They also become Huawei Certified ICT Associates and will be fast tracked for future job interviews and hiring by Huawei and its partners.