MTN Group’s Program to Bridge Data Analytics Skills Gap Launched in Accra  

Ebenezer Asante interacting with some of the delegates from Ghana after the launch

Accra, Ghana//– MTN Ghana along with seven other MTN operations earlier today, launched the Data Science Analytics training program which forms part of the telecom company’s skills academy’s work to promote digital skills for digital jobs, and supporting the MTN Group’s strategic intent of providing digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

To address Africa’s digital skills gap, MTN Group, through some of its operating companies, is partnering with SAS Training, Courses & Classes to train up to 200 young people in data analytics.

Polaris Market Research puts the 2021 value of the global data science platform market at $95 billion and expects it to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 27% through to 2030, driven by the increasing data volumes being generated by organisations.

“For Africa to realise its full potential, we need to address the lack of skills funding,” MTN Group Senior Vice President for Markets Ebenezer Asante said, adding that eight MTN operating companies had assigned learners to participate in the training that the Group is providing through its partnership with SAS.

“Africa has the largest and fastest-growing youth population in the world. While this holds tremendous development promise, youth unemployment statistics remain a cause for major concern. It is only by investing in developing the right skills that we are going to overcome this challenge,” Mr Asante added.

In Ghana, 10 participants who are due for National Service have been selected to benefit from this training program and each of them have received working tools including monthly data and airtime for the training program.

Five out of the 10 participants are MTN scholarship beneficiaries and the other half are national service personnel. To achieve gender balance, five of the participants are females.

Essie Mokgonyana, SAS Country Manager & Sales Director for South Africa, said: “We are committed to supporting public and private organisations across Africa adopt cloud platforms to tap into the full potential of their analytic capabilities and resources to accelerate innovation and higher operational efficiencies.

The training initiative consists of a six-week programme, the first part of which is self-paced and the second contains live instructor-led courses.

“During this programme all participants will have full access to SAS® Skill Builder for Students, which includes a repository of resources to help participants learn SAS Data Science skills; from free online courses for certification purposes to exam preparation materials, and practical case studies where participants can learn more about how SAS software solutions are used in the industries they’re interested in and for their career advancement,” Adesh Nathalal, Education Manager at SAS in South Africa said.

After the initial six-week programme, half the participants will undergo further training with MTN’s in-house data analytics academy.

“This initiative is part of the work of the broader MTN Skills Academy to equip young people with the skills that are in high demand, in turn making them more employable,” Mr Asante said, adding that MTN is committed to closing the skills gap and contributing to youth empowerment wherever we operate.

African Eye Report