Safaricom Launches Connect Academy to Train 10,000 Fibre Optic Technicians

Safaricom has teamed up with the ICT Authority in a bid to train and upskill 10,000 fiber optic and fixed wireless technicians for the next five years. The initiative which is dubbed as ‘Connect Academy’ is intended to address the growing demand for skilled professionals in the telecommunications sector which is aligned with the wider goals of the presidential DigiTalent Programme.

The Connect Academy is anticipated to have an impact on cultivating a top tier talent pool focused on broadband connectivity. Through a combination of skill building strategies like hands on training, mentorship, educational programs and certification, the initiative aims to prepare Kenyans with the knowledge needed to succeed in the ever-evolving telecommunications sector. The partnership with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) underscores Safaricom’s dedication to establishing collaborations that promote economic progress.

Fawzia Ali-Kimanthi who is the Chief Consumer Business Officer at Safaricom, highlighted the significance of the initiative in creating employment opportunities for youths as well as establishing for them clear career pathways. The first cohort of 200 participants is slated to commence training in May where they are expected to undergo intensive sessions led by seasoned engineers every Friday for three months. Additionally, Safaricom aims to collaborate with TVETs to integrate fixed broadband into their curriculum, further augmenting the skill set of future technicians.

Stanley Kamanguya, the CEO of ICT Authority highlighted the role of partnerships, between the private sectors in advancing Kenyas digital transformation goals. Through working with businesses the government aims to empower individuals and promote connectivity throughout Africa. Kamanguya emphasized the governments dedication to projects recognizing the importance of actions in promoting sustainable development and innovation in the digital realm.

The introduction of the Connect Academy marks a chapter of cooperation and skill development, in Kenyas telecommunications sector. By investing in education and cultivating alliances Safaricom and ICT Authority have laid the foundation for connectivity, economic progress and technological advancement.

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