Minister discusses with ICT leaders ‘Training for Employment’ programme

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The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmi met with leaders of 50 specialised ICT training companies, selected according to very high standards, to implement the special training programme for graduates of all universities and colleges across the nation.

The meeting was attended by the ICT Minister Counsellor for Training Mahmoud Wahdan, along with executive leaders in the special training department.

The programme aims to train 5,000 new graduates and develop their skills in computers and ICT.

This is in addition to making new jobs available in the government sector, after completing a group of technology training programmes that meets market needs known as “Training for Employment”, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

During the meeting, Helmi  said that the state’s concern for developing and investment in educating people is one of the noblest missions. He underlined the importance of the comprehensive quality concept in training youth, through the best training programmes to be able to compete, paying special attention to Upper Egypt provinces and remote areas.

The ICT minister has said MCIT is to enlarge the programme’s budget and promote it on all levels in the country, believing in the significance of human resources, especially in ICT fields, which are the cornerstone for other sectors’ development.

Moreover, Helmi presented the key pivots of MCIT’s strategic plan and its need to provide promising talents, who are capable of carrying out the plan with its different pivots, whether in attracting foreign investments into Egyptian markets, or joint projects between the private and the public sectors, or the PPP projects to be launched later.

Other pivots include launching the seven technology parks in Aswan, Asyut, Beni Suef, Borg el-Arab in Alexandria, Sadat City, 10 Ramadan City and Damietta, after completing their planning.

There are also projects of broadband internet, cloud computing and e-content for which there will be a conference soon.

This is in addition to IT service exports, a field in which Egypt is one of the most promising countries.

The ICT minister said the training programmes will increase Egyptian youth opportunities to work in local and regional markets, especially the Gulf markets, a matter that was noted in GITEX Dubai 2014.

He highlighted the significance of regional, African and international markets, and the implementation of required training programmes to meet the demands for trained calibers.

Wahdan has said “Training for Employment” programme comprises a number of IT training tracks, the most important of which is a special training programme in e-marketing, business, applications using different programmes, graphics and mobile network communication.

There is also a programme for securing networks and data using various technologies.

Other programmes include one for training ICT personnel in skills in marketing, management, customer service, human resources and project management.

There is also a programme that is specialised in the areas of embedded systems; software quality testing for programmes, business and applications, using various software, cloud computing and Android.

Wahdan added that participanting companies are required to employ a minimum of 70 per cent of trainees after completing the training programme.

At the end of the meeting, Helmy commended Wahdan and the work team in the specialised training department on their efforts in promoting special training systems in the country.