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Huawei to offer “new technology skills” in new training center

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Huawei has opened a training center for technical skills in a bid to enhance its capacity to facilitate technology-related skills in East Africa. The technology’s firm head office campus located in Lavington Nairobi will see regional trainees trained on new generation computing, telecommunication, and related technologies.

According to Head of Learning Services in the region, Peter Thuo, said the center will focus on providing training on new technologies including 4G, IoT, cloud computing and Software Defined Networks (SDN)/Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV). “It aims to build ICT skills amongst employees and key players in the ICT ecosystem in the region in order to drive the ICT industry and the countries’ digital transformations, as well as enhancing Kenya’s leading role in East Africa.” Said Thuo

“Having been at Huawei for many years, I personally benefited from the many training programs Huawei provides employees; I had the opportunity to be trained at the previous training center located in Mombasa Road and also at its global training center in Shenzhen, China. Building ICT skills for our youth is very crucial to the success of the country’s economic transformation agenda, and it is for this reason that the Kenyan government is establishing an advanced institute for science and technology at Konza Technopolish which will focus in research and postgraduate programs including  ICT.  With Huawei’s great contribution to Kenya’s ICT infrastructure and skills development be assured of our support in this space and we look forward to furthering collaborations,” stated Eng. John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) during the launch.

Peter Thuo also reflected on the achievements of the previous training center whilst also explaining the future direction of the new training center and the kind of programs it will be providing.

One of these programs is hardware installation training, for which there is a dedicated location which will soon be providing training for more than 200 students from the Presidential Digital Talent Programme.

The new training center is part of the commitment Huawei has made through its MoU with the ICT Authority to building ICT capacity and skills in Kenya and also includes the Seeds for the Future training program for undergraduate students. Nine of these students also attended the launch event to share their experiences from their recent training in China.

“Building advanced ICT skills is a great compliment to the other areas we partner with Huawei on for graduates, undergraduates and also for those who did not attend University. This is in line with one of the four key projects President Uhuru Kenyatta has set out for his legacy. The President has pointed out creation of jobs for the youth through supporting innovation and enterprise,” said Robert Mugo, ICT Authority

The launch event was attended by various customers and beneficiaries of Huawei’s training center and other training programs in Kenya, including Huawei’s telecommunications companies and telecommunications sub-contractors, employees and University students. During the event, guests were provided with a tour of the center and witnessed the official opening.

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