400 youths have commenced a 12-month training that will see them equipped with digital skills that will link them to job opportunities available in the digital age under the Presidential DigiTalent Programme (PDTP)
The Cohort VI will be trained on skills such as Information Security, application development network systems analysis and project management under the stewardship of the ICT Authority.
Speaking during the pre-deployment verification exercise of the group, ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru challenged them to explore their talents in various fields in order to maximize opportunities available during the duration.
“The Government is committed and the President is determined to make sure we transform the country and especially the youth,” said CS Mucheru.
Mucheru noted that there is a huge untapped talent among the youth which if well harnessed can create an economic boom in the country.
A recent report indicates that there are 2 million Kenyans working online earning an average of Kshs.25,000 monthly.
ICTA Ag. Chief Executive Officer Dr Paul Ronoh said the training the group will gain will be critical in changing Kenya’s ICT landscape.
“As we invest in you, demonstrate that you are the right product so that we change the landscape of this country in terms of productivity in digital skills and other government initiatives,” said Dr Ronoh.
DigiTalent is the brand name for the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP), an internship programme that develops the ICT talent pool in Kenya through a collaboration between the public and private sectors. It is a partnership between government, public and private sector stakeholders and is to be implemented by the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (MoICT) through the ICT Authority (ICTA).
It is borne out of the need for government to enhance its capacity to use ICT ineffective public service delivery. It also provides a training ground for potential employees and an affordable labour pool of freshly qualified individuals in government offices. Targeting recent graduates, PDTP offers participants an opportunity to understand government services, and provides them with a chance to contribute towards improving service delivery to Kenyan citizens.
Digitalent focuses on two key aspects:
- Leadership development to develop ICT leaders in government management staff by entrenching them with ICT business principles to effectively run ICT structures.
- ICT technical capacity development by training freshly qualified graduates through an internship programme to develop a ready and affordable pool of ICT talent for government.