Oracle Corporation has announced an initiative to increase the skills capacity of IT practitioners in Africa, a move to address technology skills shortage.
The tech company says there has been a dramatic rise in the adoption of Information Technology (IT) by organisations, businesses and governments in Africa in the past few years, with inadequate IT practitioners, resulting in IT skills gap in the continent.
The four-pronged programme was devised as a response to the rapid adoption of new technologies by governments and businesses in Africa, exacerbating the shortage of suitably skilled practitioners to use the systems to best advantage, Oracle says.
“Today, IT holds the promise to promote social inclusion, combat corruption, expand the digital economy and enable stronger links between citizens and governments, businesses and customers, NGOs and the communities they serve,” said Alfonso Di Ianni, Senior Vice President, Oracle East Central Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“They can do this and at the same time dramatically reduce costs and improve efficiency. However for technology to support such transformation, organizations must have ready access to people capable of setting up and maintaining these systems.”
According to Oracle, the capacity building programme consists of four elements – employee readiness, ecosystem readiness, workforce readiness and youth readiness, specifically designed to reach out to governments, the private sector and non-profit organisations to implement a long term skills strategy that will help fulfill demand for relevant IT skills.