Huawei To Improve Digital Skills Of Ghanaians Through LEAP
Huawei has launched its Leadership, Employability, Advancement, and Possibilities (LEAP) digital abilities improvement program and focused on growing over 100,000 ICT personnel for the area.
It said the program was pointed toward inculcating quality leadership and well-trained personnel in order to build a strong ICT labor force, construct a portfolio of able workers and promote digital education among residents.
It would incorporate a wide scope of activities traversing from ICT training and certificate courses, government digital capacity building, Women in Tech advanced digital education drive, and ICT abilities contests.
In the LEAP launching program in Ghana at its first ICT Job Fair, Huawei Southern Africa Vice President, Yang Chen focused on the significance of ICT skills transfer and talent improvement and underlined Huawei’s reliable accentuation of it.
“Digitization is deeply rooted in people. Because we digitize for people and by people. When roots are deep, there is no need to fear the wind,” he said, and “Through the program, we strive to cultivate more youth leaders in ICT for Ghana, who can explore more possibilities.”
Yang Chen said starting from the presentation of the Huawei ICT Academy in Ghana, Huawei has helped advance the ICT skills of over 7,000 college students through proficient ICT Certification courses to set them up for the industry.
“About 50,000 women have also benefitted from the women in tech digital literacy program. These initiatives coupled with others including the seeds for the future and professional ICT skill workshops for civil servants and industry partners have helped increase youth employability and bridge the gender gap in the ICT industry,” he stated.
Mr. Tommy Zhou, the Managing Director of Huawei Ghana featured Huawei’s obligation to Ghana with respect to the LEAP drive.
He repeated Huawei’s readiness in accomplishing the set targets, saying “These commitments are not just words. They are possible because we have invested a lot into teacher education, training facilities, and content development, with over 3,000 courses under five catalogs, spanning from 5G, AI, Cloud, and IoT, to big data and cyber security accessible to Ghanaian Students.”
Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation said, “The Digital Transformation Agenda of government aims at harnessing the power of technology to transform the economy and ensure that everyone enjoyed the benefits associated with digitalization, and no one is left behind.
“This calls for equipping young people as well as motivating individuals across the digital divide with the digital skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.”
She complimented Huawei for the drive adding, “Employment creation through direct jobs and entrepreneurship in ICT is part of the focus of the digitalization agenda, hence the launch of the Huawei LEAP initiative through the Huawei ICT Job Fair fits into the digital transformation strategy of the Government, thus necessitating the full backing and cooperation of Government and the industry players.”
Mr. John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education said innovative progression kept on reshaping the world, and nations that don’t embrace it would be abandoned.
“It is therefore important that as a country, we prioritize STEM education to take advantage of the numerous benefits it presents to both the citizens and the economy as a whole.”
On the Ministry’s collaboration with Huawei, he noted, “We are currently working with Huawei through their ICT Academy initiative to include their Professional ICT Certified Courses as part of the TVET Training.
“We are also in discussion with some Universities and Tertiary institutions to embed the Huawei Certifications in their curriculum, especially for students in engineering and the sciences. We hope that through these initiatives, our students will graduate with the necessary skills needed by industry to increase their job opportunities and even help them create jobs for themselves and others.”
Mr. Bright Wireko-Brobby, the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labor Relations communicated his fulfillment with the ICT Job Fair and complimented Huawei for the drive.
He said “The Huawei ICT Job Fair which is the first of its kind surely could not have come at a better time. As a government, we are keen on providing employment for the youth while equipping them with the resources needed to also be able to start up their own businesses.
He encouraged the students present at the Huawei ICT Job Fair to embrace the open door saying, “Consider today as your leap into Ghana’s working class. You have one foot in the door and such as your mentality and attitude should reflect the same.”
Over 300 last year students from 16 colleges across Ghana partook in the first Huawei Ghana ICT Job Fair, which had up to 200 vacancies available to all from top ICT industry players.
Associations like National Information Technology Agency (NITA Ghana), Vodafone Ghana, AirtelTigo, and Ghana Meteorological Agency were all present to enlist ICT Talents.