Nairobi, Kenya, August 13- Sixty students on Thursday became the third group to graduate from the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Nairobi.
Over 200 students have graduated from the academy since its inception and more students are being enrolled for the program to bridge the technical skills gap situation in Africa.
“Not only is Africa facing a critical shortage of technical and engineering skills, its young people are also falling behind in physical sciences and engineering. Most Kenyan students cannot afford to travel abroad to gain these skills, hence Samsung Engineering Academy has brought this training closer home to bridge the skills gap which emanates from lack of resources that meet the industry standards,” added Mr. Ngeru
Joseph Timpiati (2nd Left) Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT awards Top Student, Immaculate Wanjiku (centre), her Certificate and Samsung TV
According to Samsung Electronics East and Central Africa Vice President and COO Robert Ngeru, the academy has been integral in equipping the students with the latest global skills to enable them to compete effectively in the job market
“The trainees have received hands-on training for free with Samsung’s top-of-the-range equipment. Top performing students will also get a chance to intern at Samsung Electronics and thereafter work as independent service technicians or employees within Samsung retail channels in their respective regions,” said Mr. Ngeru.
Fredrick Kimeu, Top Student Class of 2012 addresses the Graduates. Fredrick went on to get a 1st class Honours in Engineering and now works for Safaricom.
The nine month course is made up of 20 percent theory coursework, while the practical work covers 80 percent.
“The student selection process is competitive and we recruit from the leading technical institutions across Kenya. The selected students should be in their final year of study at their respective university. Our focus is on those pursing Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Scientific Computing and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,” said Mr. Ngeru.