The Kenyan Digital Talent Programme, a capacity building joint venture between the Kenyan government and private sector to improve ICT capacity in the Kenyan public sector is set to launch its second edition, reports PCtechmag.

The pilot programme started in 2014, when a call for application was announced after which the over 200 successful applicants were trained and later deployed to both government and private sector as interns. The batch will graduate by December 2015.

The programme set to run for five years is targeting 400 graduates for the second edition, and the Kenyan Government has budgeted KES 250 million (USD2,390,873) for it. The programme is structured to train, coach, and mentor over 100 interns – graduates – from both government and private institutions over a period of 12-months.

In partnership with the private sector, Kenyan Digital Talent programme will be implemented by the country’s Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (MoICT) through the Ict Authority (ICTA).

The programme is expected to lead to increased youth employability, accelerated economic impact, enhanced service delivery, and support the projected ICT contribution of 8% to GDP by 2017. 

Lanre Odesomi Author

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