SAP launches Young Professionals Program
Program aims to turn local students into IT professionals
SAP has launched its MENA Field Services- Young Professionals Program (YPP) in the region.
The two-year program is intended to take promising local students and turn them into technology consultants with understanding of regional culture and ways of doing business.
The program has been launched for Saudi Arabia and Egypt, with training underway at SAP’s offices in Riyadh and Cairo respectively.
Forty students have been enrolled on the program after an intensive selection process that selected them from 600 nominations from by top universities and employers. The candidates will gain hands on training in core SAP technologies, including ERP, mobile solutions and in-memory computing, as well as getting experience on projects through working with SAP partners and customers.
“We are delighted to welcome these talented students and young professionals to the YPP Program,” said Sam Alkharrat, managing director, SAP MENA. “This is the start of an exciting journey where they acquire skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime, and hopefully help us to markedly enhance our services and overall ecosystem. From our own business perspective, there is no doubt that in order to flourish, evolve and make the best possible impact in Egypt, we need to focus on building capacity among its talented youngsters. Ultimately, these are people that will not only fuel every aspect of our company - from services and ecosystem capacity to profitability and continued innovation – but they also have the potential make their own country run in a better, more sustainable manner.”
Egyptian student Mohammed Atta commented: “It is an honour to be accepted to SAP’s YPP. Learning from such a respected and influential company is a wonderful opportunity to develop skills and attributes that will truly set me apart in the job market. I have big ambitions for the future, and this is exactly the progressive platform I need to help make them a reality.”
Ahmed Alwaji, a student from Saudi Arabia added: “SAP’s solutions have the potential to play a major role in shaping Saudi Arabia’s business future. The YPP is a perfect fit for a country with a young population and a desire to innovate. SAP is giving me the chance to effect positive change on the absolute cutting-edge and I can’t wait to get started.”