400 selected for Presidential digital talent pool

400 selected for Presidential digital talent pool

The Information Communications Technology (ICT) has selected 400 interns to join the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP)  meant to boost the country’s  digital  skilled manpower.

The authority conducted induction  of the Digital  Talent  Cohort VI  interns on Monday whose skills will be critical in driving digital economy which requires skilled workforce especially within the small and medium enterprises.

“The government, through my ministry, is making tremendous efforts to increase connectivity and internet access across the country to enable uptake of technology solutions and bridge the digital divide. As a government, we are proponents of a smart economy and smart society. ICT has a great potential to transform the economy by expanding business opportunities for our young people,” said ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.

According to Mucheru, the government is committed to fostering a globally responsive, competitive and adaptive ICT workforce through such programs as PDTP, Ajira Digital, and Digital Learning Programme to respond to the industry’s current and future skills demands.

ICTA expects the 400 PDTP interns to play a role in implementing the Digital Literacy programme that seeks to train 20,000 Kenyans on basic digital skills which the Authority’s key mandate.

“Over the years, Kenya has become a nation where every citizen has access to technology and can participate and thrive in a digital economy,”  said  ICTA Chairperson  Prof. Fredrick Owino.

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