Huawei Recruits a Further 25 ICT Graduates
1st July 2019: Huawei today on-boarded the 2nd cohort of 25 Management Trainees to commence training at its offices based in Lavington. The Huawei management Trainee program (HMTP) call for application commenced in April 2019 having traversed counties to raise awareness on the program to various university students. Over 700 applications were received.
Huawei Management Trainee Program Cohort 1
HMTP is a program targeting recent graduates who have pursued various engineering courses within the telecommunication field to pursue a career in the Network Technology, Software, Core Network, IT and Project management departments. The program was initiated in 2018 where the 1st cohort of 25 students were selected and underwent a rigorous 3 months training on Huawei products which include transmission, wireless, IT, IP access, software, core network among others and concurrent assessments were undertaken. After an evaluation 20 trainees then secured positions in the Delivery & Service department, a core department in the organization.
“Huawei does not limit tasks based on your position and provides opportunities for personal and career development through various learning platforms. The program has provided me with a myriad of opportunities and exposure whereby I have been involved in delivery of various big projects such as the Telkom POC. I would highly recommend students to apply for the program.” said Duncan Muchiri a current employee from cohort 1.
Kenya and the continent at large faces a huge gap between youth seeking employment and the limited employment opportunities with the rate of unemployment having hit a record high of 39%. In addition to the lack of the right set of skills required in the job market, young people face challenges during their search for employment.
Huawei seeks to address the skill gap through skills transfer initiatives and runs various programs such as the ICT Academy in partnership with universities to deliver Huawei Certification training to their students, Seeds for the Future program which offers internship to university students in their 3rd, 4th, 5th year and further ICT training in China. To cater to high school dropouts, the Digital Skills for Life (DSL) program in partnership with eMentoring aims to change their lives of through provision of ICT skills, lastly through involvement in Presidential Digitalent Program (PDTP) to offer mentorship, internships and supporting the best innovation awards.
Adam Lane, Director Huawei Public Affairs said that “young people are our greatest resource and it is important for Huawei to tap into it. Through our strong partnerships with the ICT Authority, various government ministries and local universities we aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry whilst nurturing ICT talent, equipping students with ICT skills necessary for employment and cultivating a future labor force to fill the local and global ICT skills gap. Each year we create jobs for over 2,500 Kenyans; we are proud that many remain with Huawei for over a decade, whilst others may take the skills they learned and go onto other leadership roles in the technology industry in Kenya.”