China’s technology firm, Huawei will train Kenyan youth on coding skills as it seeks to popularise its software programmes and smart devices.

The tech giant has already trained 1,000 youth, under the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP), and plans to take 377 more this year through the initiative, that focuses on networking, cloud and artificial intelligence. 

Huawei’s public affairs deputy chief executive Fiona Pan said investing in Kenya’s digital skills training is part of the effort to solidify its partnership with Kenya.

“Huawei remains committed to forging partnerships that seek to empower and educate the next generation,” said Ms Pan.

 “This has been achieved by developing and providing digital skills training programs focusing on scaling up skill development.”

Under the Huawei Digitruck program, 246 youths will train on networking course while 131 students will learn cloud and artificial intelligence courses.

Huawei says adoption of advanced and emerging technologies in provision of government services has created a demand for new skills on online platforms and mobile-based programmes.

Kenya’s ICT Authority noted that Huawei training is part of the government’s plans to boost digital skills and have enough human resource to take up jobs emerging in the technological space.

Certified Huawei trainers will conduct Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as use existing e-labs with successful trainees being awarded HCIA Datacom v1.0, HCIA- Cloud Computing v4.0 and HCIA AI v3.0 certifications.

In 2018, the PDTP Huawei Training was conducted at Nairobi-based Zetech University while in 2019, Kenyatta University provided facilities for implementation of the Huawei ICT Academy Program.

This time round the training and certification will be done online due to Covid-19 pandemic.