400 infotech and engineering students, Monday, started familiarising themselves with Government and private sector operations as they get ready to start a 12 month management trainee programme in different public and private sector offices.
Joe Mucheru Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT said the one year programme is aimed at getting ICT and engineering students from local universities ready for the job market.
“Kenya’s ICT sector has posted phenomenal growth for a number of years now but the talent pool has not kept up with this growth. The programme aims at increasing the pool of job ready graduates for both Government and private sector, which will save substantial training costs for both public and private sectors,” he said.
Mucheru spoke when he officially opened the one week induction at the Kenya School of Government.
He also called on the private sector to offer more placement opportunities for students that have been taken up in the programme, noting that both Government and private sector stood to benefit.
“Government and private sector players need to come forward with more attachment opportunities for these students. We need more mentors, training opportunities and certifications,” he said.
Industry players have in the past decried the high costs of training graduates to ensure that their skills match the industry requirements. They have also noted that the more experienced and skilled professionals tend to be snapped up by competition, local and multinationals, which in turn pushes up the cost of human resource retention.
Robert Mugo Chief Executive ICT Authority said there are plans to incrementally grow the number of trainees being recruited through the Programme.
“Going forward the programme aims to increase the number of PDTP fellows annually until 2020,” he said.