Jobs Creation Commission of Ethiopia and Huawei, China’s provider of telecom infrastructure and signed a memorandum of understanding to cultivate ICT talent ecosystem in Ethiopia.
The ecosystem will help students and professional to get internationally recognized certification and develop better carrier path in telecom and IT sector. Under this collaboration, Huawei’s training and certification will build a career path for new graduates, students, equip entrepreneurs with the latest trends in the industry. The Ecosystem will also accredit local work force with international standards through Job Creation Commissions skill development, entrepreneurship and oversees employment programs.
This program is planned to train and certify 800 professionals in the first year and 4000 with in the coming 3 years to be competent professionals in the local and international Labor market. In the first year of rollout, Huawei – JCC ICT Ecosystem aims to raise awareness from the pubic, promote job opportunity’s, training and certifications with 40 universities that will be scaled up to cover 100 Universities and TVET institutions in the next three years.
On the MOU signing Nigussu Tilahun, Jobs Creation Commission Commissioner indicated that the Commission, as a Government Institution established to coordinate and lead the Jobs Agenda in the country asserted the relevance of such private sector actors in building the capacity of the youth and create job opportunities, especially in the IT and Technology sectors to build skills which will contribute greatly to the Digital Transformation plans of Ethiopia in the coming years.
Mr. Chen Mingliang, CEO of Huawei Technologies Ethiopia for his part remarked “today marks the beginning of partnership with the Jobs Creation Commission to take our efforts to the next level. Over the next three years, we plan to deliver courses on communications technologies, cutting-edge techs like cloud computing, and enterprise network building for graduates, entrepreneurs, and professionals looking for opportunities abroad. With the leadership and strategic partnership of JCC, we will endeavor to reach our goals in terms of training, certifying and job matching, and I have a firm belief we will achieve them,” added Mr Chen.
The JCC aimed at creating 20 million jobs by the year 2030. In the last fiscal year, the commission have created 3 million jobs for the youth and striving to create more than 14 million jobs in the next 4 years. The opening up of the telecom sector is expected to create over 10,000 job opportunities. With over 20 years of engagement in Ethiopia’s development, Huawei currently created over 300 jobs and benefited over 45.8 million people with its services and products.