The United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa), in collaboration with Microsoft 4Afrika, has launched Kenya’s first AppFactory in Nairobi at the Incubation and Innovation Centre (I2C). The aim is to provide skills for IT students, as IT companies are still finding it difficult to recruit graduates who are ready to contribute as software developers without first taking them through extensive on-the-job training.
The announcement of the I2C AppFactory brings the total number of 4Afrika AppFactories in Africa to fourteen. The others are in South Africa, Egypt, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mauritius and Malawi. Microsoft 4Afrika says last year, over 500 apprentices graduated from AppFactories with 85 percent securing full-time jobs within three months of graduating.
USIU-Africa will host the AppFactory, while Microsoft will provide assistance and access to various platform tools and networks. The I2C AppFactory will target final year ICT students at USIU-Africa and new graduates from other universities throughout the country.
The programme will run every six months. Thirty students will be selected to become software apprentices, receive training and mentorship.
Source: Telecom Paper