By Fredrick Obura
Kenya’s efforts to develop a pool of technicians trained in modern digital solutions has received a major boost from Samsung Electronics East Africa (SEEA), which is set to graduate a class of 200 technicians .
The technicians trained to repair and service modern electronic devices and equipment at the Samsung Engineering Academy are expected to significantly raise Samsung’s local after sales service support capacity.
As part of the global Samsung Hope for Children Outreach programme, the one-year training course is delivered at zero cost to the students drawn from six local technical schools.
Developed at a cost of more than Sh84 million as part of Samsung’s pilot project to roll out vocational engineering academies to train 10,000 electronics engineers in Africa, the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Nairobi is targeting to contribute 2,000 graduates in the continental pilot programme by the year 2015.
The 200 students set to graduate this year are from local technical training colleges such as the Multimedia University College, Kabete Technical Training Institute, PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute, and the Nairobi Technical training Institute have been undergoing specialised training.
This year, the Samsung Engineering Academy has expanded its intake by including trainees from Machakos University College during the orientation session to welcome 120 new students to undertake the one-year course, officiated by Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat Director General Mugo Kibati.
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