Launched in September 2012 by SAP East Africa and the ICT Authority, the SAP Skills for Africa program offers fully sponsored SAP certification training for recent university graduates. The SAP Skills for Africa program was created to bridge the gap between demand for skills and demand for meaningful jobs.
Below are some basic facts about the program:
What is the name of the program?
The name of the program is SAP Skills for Africa. The pilot program was launched in 2012 and graduated 52 students. The program is now established and expected to run for five years from 2014 – 2019.
What is the program about?
The program offers SAP training and certification for students who graduated at the top of their class. Students who pass the certification exam are then placed into internships that will kick-start their career as SAP consultants. The program gives talented graduates an opportunity to develop skills that are relevant and in demand in Kenya’s market thus reducing unemployment among youth.
What is the aim of the program?
To graduate 100 consultants per year for the next five years.
Which courses should the students be undertaking?
The 2014 program will offer certification in Financial Accounting (FI) and Business Intelligence (BI). For the 2014 class candidates must possess a bachelor of Computer Science, Economics or a Business related degree with Financial Accounting. Future courses could include Human Capital Management (HCM), Materials Management (MM), Sales & Distribution (SD) or relevant courses in demand in East Africa.
The 2012/2013 class accepted students from all educational backgrounds.
Each year, SAP and ICT Authority will evaluate the market need before advertising which certificates will be sponsored. This is to ensure that students from SAP Skills for Africa are placed in internships as soon as they graduate.
Which University and what year should the student be in?
The student applying must be Kenyan national from any accredited and Chartered university.
For the 2014 class, candidates must have graduated between December 2011 and December 2014.
Who is eligible to apply?
Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Kenyan Nationals
- currently unemployed graduates
- possess a bachelor degree from an accredit university
- graduated within the last 3 years with an upper 2nd or 1st class honors (or GPA 3.0 and higher)
- interested in starting an SAP-related career involving travel
- good grasp of both written and spoken English is essential
- possess good problem solving capabilities, presentation skills and a general understanding of Microsoft Office
- Available from 8am – 6pm from Monday to Friday throughout the training period (October – December)
- their own means of transport to attend the training
- to their own lodging/accommodation during the training period
Must I be a Kenyan citizen in order to apply?
Yes, the program is available to Kenyan citizens only.
What is the duration of the training and internship?
The training will run from October 2014 – December 2014.
The internships will run in the first quarter of 2015.
When is the program expected to commence?
The deadline for the Call for Applications is September 15, 2014.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in September 2014.
Training classes will begin in October 2014 and end in December 2014.
Internships will run in the first quarter of 2015.
Are there additional benefits for the students?
Students who pass the certification exam will receive an Official Associate Level Functional SAP Certifications – internationally recognized qualification by SAP customers and partners in the local, regional and global business world.
The student will also receive business skills training and in-depth case study scenarios to fully prepare them for the work place environment.
Students who pass certification will be placed in internships.
Do I expect a job after completion?
Students who pass the SAP certification will be placed in internships. Full time contract after the internship period is not guaranteed.
How can I apply?
Click here to get the application form.
The application process has two parts:
Part 1: online application including aptitude test
Part 2: Face-to-Face interview
What do I get after completion?
Students that pass the SAP certification examination, will get the official Associate Level Functional SAP Certifications – an internationally recognized qualification by SAP customers and partners in the local, regional and global business world
Who are the sponsors of the program?
The SAP Skills for Africa is sponsored by SAP and ICT Authority
Where will be the internship be based?
All internships will be based in Kenya.