Microsoft 4Afrika in partnership with the United States International University – Africa (USIU-Africa) have launched the first AppFactory in Kenya. The centre is located at the Incubation and Innovation Center (I2C) at the capital, Nairobi.
The goal of setting up the I2C AppFactory is to bridge the competency gap between graduates of ICT courses and skills employers are looking for. The centre will bridge that gap by providing the students market-relevant, high-level skills in developing, designing, implementing, and managing modern software solutions.
The centre will take learners through an practical-based learning designed to encourage the students to develop new skills, attitudes, and way of thinking. The students, thanks to the Microsoft Partner Network, stand a better chance of accessing first-grade jobs. The program will also increase employability of the USIU-Africa students as well as students from other local Kenyan universities that do participate in the program.
“Despite hundreds of students graduating in ICT, 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,” lamented Pro. Paul Zeleza, the Vice Chancellor of USIU-Africa.
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