Over the past few years, several global experts and organisations have reiterated that today’s students upon completing their education will be doing jobs that don’t even exist today. Technology is evolving at breakneck speed, and it is imperative that today’s students are trained in emerging technologies that will power a digital economy.
Oracle and Equity Group Foundation, the social impact arm of Equity Group Holdings that aims to transform the lives and livelihoods of Kenyan citizens, have kick started a three-year comprehensive series of customised upskilling workshops focusing on technology and business skills to equip Kenyan students with necessary IT skills, that are in demand across a host of industries.
Under this initiative, Oracle experts and specialists from the foundations’ Equity Leaders Program (ELP) will deliver workshops across key emerging technologies for top performing Kenyan students selected by their leadership program.
“Kenya’s digital potential is untapped, and the creation of a digitally skilled workforce is an imperative to unlock this potential. Oracle has over the past three decades continuously undertaken numerous workshops and learning initiatives to address the skills gap in Africa. Our collaboration with the Equity Group Foundation is yet another initiative to support the youth in Africa. We encourage Kenyan students to make the most of this opportunity,” says David Bunei, the MD at Oracle Kenya and Cloud Sales Director.
The programme will provide several online workshops that includes computing, storage, database development, data management, app development, platform integration, security, analytics, deep-dives into several Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions and the development of various soft skills such as sales 101, presentation skills and personal branding to name a few.
“Our partnership with Oracle enables us to further empower the Kenyan youth with specialised skills and know-how, supporting the ongoing transformation of our country alongside the Big 4 Agenda. The digital revolution is characterised by the emergence of new digital skills in fields like artificial intelligence, big-data, cloud computing and mobile robotics. Our youth will have the opportunity with these new skill sets to influence people’s lives in Kenya,” says Reuben Mbindu, Executive Director, Equity Group Foundation.
Oracle Kenya has been a key contributor to the ELP youth programme since 2019. A host of workshops including Get to Know Oracle; Online Resume Building including LinkedIn Setup and Financial Literacy workshops have been delivered by Oracle experts.