Google Kenya together with the Ministry of Education has come together to develop an Android Developer Skills masterplan for use in Technical, Vocational, and Educational Institutions (TVETs).
Speaking at the TVET Developer Training Launch Ceremony at the Kenya Technical Training College (KTTC), Prof. George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education said the master plan has the potential to accelerate growth, create new jobs and drive even greater innovation.
“Collaborations between governments and tech companies can drive digital transformation by growing the tech talent pipeline. Kenya is increasingly a place where innovation begins as developer communities across Kenya grow the developer ecosystem and drive creativity and entrepreneurship,” he said.
Charles Murito, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa- Google expressed confidence that the collaboration will elevate Kenya’s position as a leading tech start-up and innovation destination in Africa.
“It underlines our work in supporting Kenya’s developer and startup ecosystem over the past decade, in which we have trained 15k developers, helped hundreds of thousands affordably access the internet, trained them in other digital skills and invested in Kenyan startups,” said Mr.Murito.
There are 60,000 professional developers in Kenya, representing 9 per cent of total for Africa.
KTTC will serve as the Software Developer Hub with each participating TVET creating student developer clubs.