SAP to support Middle East youth with $100m investment by 2022
SAP exchanged global best practices with World Economic Forum stakeholders to boost Middle East youth job creation
SAP has announced plans to build skills and knowledge among Middle East worth $100m by 2022.
During the World Economic Forum, SAP exchanged global practices with stakeholders with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region.
Marita Mitschein, managing director of the SAP Training and Development Institute, said: "Middle East organisations are increasingly reliant on advanced technical skills, but there is a major mismatch between the current level of talent and the skills needed by 2020.
"The World Economic Forum is a vital platform for showing how public-private partnerships can drive technology knowledge transfer to support youth job creation across the Middle East and transform lives and businesses."
The training programs present participants with the opportunity to learn and become certified on enterprise applications and benefit from ‘soft skill' workshops such as Design Thinking through a blended learning approach, giving them an advantage over the market competition.
Its flagship initiative, SAP's Young Professional Program, is a two to three-month bootcamp designed to prepare local youths for their future careers. More than 1,075 participants across 12 countries have graduated from the program as SAP Associate Consultants, of whom 98% have subsequently been placed with SAP's customers and partners.
SAP also revealed that its Dubai-based SAP Training and Development Institute has already developed skills and knowledge reflecting an "in-country value" of $110m across the region.