Over 30 Jobs And Internship Opportunities: Huawei Kenya
Huawei Kenya in partnership with several business partners have collectively launched graduate recruitment programs creating over 30 job and internship opportunities. His was unveiled during the Huawei ICT Job Fair that was held online, graced by Ministry of ICT Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, Chief Administrative Secretary Maureen Mbaka, and Director for University Education and Research Darius Mogaka representing Ministry of Education, Principal Secretary Amb. Simon Nabukwesi in absentia amongst other industry stakeholders.
The pandemic has drastically changed our way of life, detrimentally impacting the global and local economy resulting in a spike in the levels of unemployment. However, technology has helped many, providing individuals and businesses with access to critical services, information and markets, and thus the sector has grown more than any other in the last 12 months.
It is predicted to continue doing so in the future, contributing significantly to the country’s GDP and creating thousands of jobs. Huawei organized the job fair virtually for the second year running for employers to introduce their job openings to a pool of over 150 highly qualified ICT graduates to apply to.
Huawei’s partners that attended included MFI Technologies, China Telecom, and Eastra Solutions Limited, all seeking to hire promising graduates who have been trained by Huawei’s academic partners and achieved Huawei’s globally recognized certifications.
Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru lauded Huawei for its collaborative effort forged with the government to build Kenya’s ICT infrastructure: “With programs such as the Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei Management Trainee Program, the ICT local talent and broader ecosystem will be boosted”. “Kenya’s rich human resource is an asset that sets it ahead regionally and moves us closer to becoming a knowledge-based economy,” he added.
Representing the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education Amb. Simon Nabukwesi in absentia, Mr. Darius Mogaka, Director for University Education and Research, highlighted that as digital skills continue to evolve and become even more critical, we must continue to keep abreast, partnering with the private sector to make sure the relevant skills are developed and that other opportunities for learning or gaining experience are provided such as internships.
“The Huawei Job Fair is an excellent initiative in providing various organizations present here today with a pool of qualified personnel to select from.” he added.
Will Meng, Huawei’s CEO spoke about the youth unemployment challenge facing the country: “with the evolving technology we need to make sure as employers, we keep transferring skills to lecturers and to students so they are prepared for these jobs.” Huawei is committed to investing in local ICT talent through full-time employment, internships, and training programs and in supporting the government’s efforts in achieving the government’s Digital Economy Blueprint with its key pillars on digital government, digital business, infrastructure, innovation-driven entrepreneurship and digital skills.
“Dedication, perseverance, growing by reflection and customer-centricity are at the heart of everything we do.” Fiona Pan Huawei’s Deputy CEO highlighting Huawei’s core values. She also encouraged those present to adopt these values while urging more women to apply for the opportunities presented.
The Digital Economy Blueprint was launched by the government in 2019 to improve Kenya’s and the continent’s ability to leapfrog economic growth, and the Digital Economy Strategy is expected to be launched this year. Both documents highlight the need to train a range of Kenyans on digital skills and note that a highly skilled digital workforce will be critical to actualizing the other pillars: starting digital businesses, building digital infrastructure, and developing e-government systems, amongst others. With the outbreak of COVID-19, it is now clearer than ever how important and how urgent it is to create the necessary skills amongst the workforce.
Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Dean of Students Office of Career Services at the University of Nairobi commended Huawei for training over 5,000 university students during the pandemic and its collaboration with the Ajira program.
Huawei believes that Kenya must have a skilled workforce empowered and equipped to take up new opportunities that new and emerging technologies will present as we work towards achieving a digital economy.