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Huawei opens training centre to bridge local ICT skills gap

China and Huawei officials during the launch. FILE PHOTO | NMG
China and Huawei officials during the launch. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Chinese tech firm Huawei has unveiled a regional training centre in Nairobi with the aim of growing technical skills in the field of information and communication technology.

The training centre in Lavington will host a number of courses including hardware installation training. It will also involve training on different technologies.

“This training centre will increasingly focus on providing training on new technologies including 4G, IoT, cloud computing and Software Defined Networks (SDN)/Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV),” said Huawei Technologies East Africa head of Learning services, Peter Thuo.

“It aims to build ICT skills amongst employees and key players in the ICT ecosystem in the region in order to drive the industry and the countries’ digital transformations, as well as enhancing Kenya’s leading role in East Africa.”

The centre is also part of Huawei’s commitment through a memorandum of understanding signed with ICT Authority to build industry’s talent and skills locally. ICT Authority CEO Robert Mugo said Huawei’s move is a demonstration of its commitment to building ICT skills in Kenya.

“I am excited that this new centre will be able to expand its training numbers and training topics in order to stand Kenya in good stead to take advantage of the digital transformation,” Mr Mugo said.

“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,” he added.

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