GIS - Nov 12, 2012: The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, proceeded on November 9 to the launch of the Accenture Open Education by Accenture Services (Mauritius) Ltd at the CyberTower, Ebène. The training programme is organised in collaboration with the ICT Academy.
In his address the Minister recalled that Government is taking a series of policy actions and implementing supporting measures to consolidate the sector and be responsive to the call of the private sector. By 2015, the ICT sector is expected to increase the contribution of the digital economy from the current 6.8% to a double digit figure, and, in the process, create some 15,000 new high value jobs, he said.
The Minister invited university students, as well as diploma and degree holders to participate in this training and work placement programme, which aims at preparing local young unemployed people to embrace a career in the ICT/BPO industry.
The training programme has been created by Accenture in collaboration with faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Accenture Open Education, an online training programme focuses on technology and professional development skills required on the local job market. The training will be free of charge to the selected participants and upon completion of the Software Developer Certification test, provided by PROXCER, an affiliate of Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, successful participants will be offered work placement in either Accenture or in other ICT BPO companies.
Minister Chedumbrum praised Accenture Services Ltd for this capacity building initiative. “I am therefore convinced that, with initiatives driven by the private sector, like the one we are witnessing today, coupled with other policy measures, the targeted objective will be within reach”, he said.
While the ICT Skills Development Programme, which is now operational, is providing financial support to companies for training and work placement, the ICT Academy, on its turn will ensure that all the required skills needed to match the demand are readily available. In partnership with leading ICT training providers, the Academy will be running Industry-led short courses but with a very important evaluation component , which is Certification.
The Ministry of ICT is coming with two new initiatives shortly targeted at SC, HSC and Diploma holders. The Oracle University and the Microsoft Academy have agreed to partner with the ICT Academy to train the unemployed youth under their respective Workforce Development Programmes. These programmes, which are heavily discounted, aim at capacity building and will be provided free to the unemployed youth.