Global software company SAP has a strong a presence in Africa and had launched a skills development and job creation initiative in Cape Town.
Speaking to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, Antonia Stafford Ashton from SAP Skills for Africa explained the processes and highlighted the companies goals once the students have completed the programme.
We feel strongly that as an organisation we should invest in the communities where we do business— Antonia Stafford Ashton from SAP Skills for Africa
More than 350 graduates applied for the programme but only 44 students were selected after rigorous review and interviewing procedures. The programme is fully-sponsored with no cost to the students.
Stafford Ashton says that SAP not only train these students, but also marry them with clients and partners in their ecosystem. Once they have completed their training they get placed into internships, which translate into permanent jobs.
Africa Melane also spoke to two students who will take part in the SAP Africa Skills development, Nolubabalo Qokoqa and Evan Edmund Munnik. They explained how they came to hear of the programme, and how they became involved.
Munnik says he heard about the programme from UWC's development office and decided to apply, and has learned a great deal since he joined.
While in Germany, Nolubabalo received an email from a friend containing an ad from SAP which she also decided to apply. The friend also provided her with information on what SAP is all about, which she also had no idea what this company is all about.
Listen to the full conversation below: