Some 100 Kenyan youth will be trained on robotic skills by German robotic solutions firm Servicetrace.

The young developers will have their process automation (RPA) skills sharpened in a bid to close the digital skills gap while creating jobs.

The German firm is partnering with Kenyan African Elite Group-Tech to offer the training that targets young graduates, particularly female developers.

RPA is a menu of tools allowing individuals and companies to easily automate routine tasks such as processing invoices or approving expenses.

“We are committed to helping young technology graduates in Africa find opportunities through skills development that lead to good paying jobs in the global market,” said Markus Duus, Servicetrace GmbH founder and chief executive.

According to Global research company Gartner, RPA is the fastest growing segment in the enterprise software segment.  It is also considered one of the transformational technologies alongside the internet and the smartphone that have revolutionised how things are done. This, Mr Duus said, means RPA is an area with the growing need of expertise across the world.

The training plans to develop RPA skills while addressing the challenge of gender disparity in technology and innovation.

African Elite Group will provide support to trainees whose digital business ideas will be supported by a mentorship programme in collaboration with its regional network of digital technology partners. 

The African Elite will hunt for talented candidates who can benefit from the programme and the training will be conducted in r cohorts.

“The commitment by Servicetrace to Africa will allow to skill up ICT technology graduates and mobilise them faster for growing demand in Africa,” said Elite Group founder and chief executive Lucia Musau.

She added the plan under the training services agreement is also to close the gender gap in technology where females remain underrepresented.

The young graduates will be equipped with technical and soft skills to prepare them for the demands of the global market and help them to find jobs.