The government of Kenya is set to launch the 2nd edition of the Presidential Digital Talent Programme.
In line with the country’s vision of creating a globally competitive and prosperous nation, with a high quality of life, the government in partnership with the private sector consisting of both globally leading brands and successful local companies have created the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP)to enhance service delivery to citizens through effective and efficient use of information communication technologies (ICT).
The program targets fresh university graduates from both private and public institutions offering them an opportunity for a full year of on-the-job training in the private sector and public service. Some of the private sector organizations involved in the programme include Oracle, Seven Seas Technologies, Microsoft and Huawei.
The PDTP Internship program is set to deliver a combination of structured training, coaching and mentoring, develop a pipeline of future talent for government with a passion for ethical and accountable public service delivery.
The first edition of the PDTP saw the training of over 200 successful applicants who were later deployed as interns to both government and private sector as interns, and will be set to graduate by December 2015.
For the second edition, which has received KSh 250million in funding, the government will give internships to at least 400 Information, Communication and technology (ICT) fresh graduates to help drive ICT agenda in public institutions.
The ICT Authority strategic and technical advisor, Dr. Matunda Nyanchama, said the graduates will be accorded on the job training for a period of one year with a considerable number getting engaged in government departments to help enhance service provision.
The programme is set to run for five years, and expected to transform the ICT sector; improve service delivery; increase youth employment; increase the GDP and have economic impact.