Huawei Ghana has set its sights to train over over 7,000 Ghanaians in total by 2024 under its LEAP programme.
The LEAP programmes plans to train 1,000 government officers in digital workshops and employ close to 200 students through internship opportunities .
LEAP aims to help advance the ICT skills of more than 7,000 people across the Sub-Saharan Africa region within two years.
LEAP which is an acronym for Leadership, Employability, Advancement and Possibility, is aimed at fostering strong digital leadership and a skilled ICT workforce, building a digital talent pool, and promoting digital literacy among citizens.
It includes a wide range of activities spanning from ICT training and certification courses, government digital capacity building and ICT skills competitions.
Speaking at the at the official launch of the Huawei LEAP Program and ICT Job fair in Accra on Wednesday, the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said the occasion marked an important milestone in the government’s digital transformation agenda.
“It is practical demonstration that there are quality ICT education and job creation in this sector.”
She underscored the importance of employment creation and entrepreneurship in ICT remain key economic drivers and the government is ready to partner global ICT organisations such as Huawei and local private sector organisations to encourage local expertise.
The Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko-Brobby said one major issue that has dominated the Ministry’s attention is the issue of skills mismatch, “skills mismatch remains a growing policy concern where industry ready jobs cannot be taken up by graduates and thereby compounding graduate unemployment situation. It is extremely essential to deepen collaboration among policy makers, industry and academia to eradicate such challenges.”
Tommy Zhou, Managing Director, Huawei Ghana, stated that the day marked a very special chapter in the company’s corporate journey in Ghana it takes another step towards their commitment to grow with Ghana through the development of Ghana’s ICT Talent to propel the nation into digital sustainability.
“Technology can empower people and open up economies. We all saw the crucial role digital technologies played in combating the recent pandemic and the role it continues to play in reviving economies. The world is in a digital era and every country including Ghana is working to have a thriving digital economy that is crisis resilient.
Under our new LEAP initiative with focus on the four key layers in the areas of Digital Leadership, Skilled ICT Professionals, Young Digital Talent Development and Digitally literate Citizens. We have made special arrangements and commitments specifically dedicated to Ghana over the next two years, that is by 2024.”
The Vice President of Huawei Southern Africa Region, Yang Chan, indicated that Huawei’s years of efforts in local ICT talent development, revealed a multi-layered demand for digital skills for a country: -firstly, the need for more ICT-savvy policy makers who understand technology and the benefits of a digital economy, and support best practice in ICT development.
Secondly, the need for upskilled ICT workforce to better innovate for inclusive development, as well as the need to encourage and empower the youth to follow ICT-related studies so the country will have a strong pool of digital talents. The most fundamental layer is, the need to promote digital literacy among all citizens, so no one will be left behind, which he says is based on the flagship ICT talent program it has launched.
More than 2,000 students from universities across the country applied for the Huawei ICT Job Fair 2022 but only 300 were shortlisted, with close to 250 expected to receive firm assurances on job placement after the fair.