400 ICT graduates set to get presidential digital internships

About 400 graduates of ICT-related courses are set to get a one-year specialised training under the second phase of the Presidential Digi-Talent Programme.

The programme includes training in software, soft skills, mentoring and placement in a private or public sector firm.

The ICT Authority has called on ICT graduates to send applications through the digitalent portal before March 14.

The intake has increased fourfold following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to grow the number of trainees from 100 to 400 graduates.

The initiative is a public–private partnership run by the authority. The programme targets recent university IT graduates who have attained first or upper second class honours degree and have been out of school for less than two years.

Trainees are expected to come up with innovations meant to enhance public ICT offerings and improve service delivery during the training.

The programme also requires the trainees to interact with experienced mentors for career guidance. The training aims to build technical capacity for the government and enrich the country’s public IT systems.

ICT Authority strategic and technical adviser Matunda Nyanchama says a considerable number of the graduates, who will be accorded on-the-job training, stand the chance of being engaged in government departments to help enhance service provision.

The authority has so far trained 100 graduates, who are now awaiting graduation from the Kenya School of Government and a presidential award and certificate.  The graduates, who will join the government, are expected to work as management trainees.