Second class to graduate from Samsung Academy Kenya
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Samsung Electronics East Africa (SEEA) will on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 release 98 more graduates from its academy in Kenya.
SEEA opened the engineering academy in 2012 and this will be the second class to graduate.
The Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy is part of Samsung Electronics broader goal to develop skilled electronics engineers across the continent.
The trainees have receive hands-on training for free with Samsung’s top of the range equipment where they are taken through Hand Held Products (HHP), Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Audio/Video and Home Appliances(AV/HA) and Computers & Printing Technologies.
The company had invested close to Ksh21.7 million (US$250,000) in the setting up of the academy at Nairobi Westlands area, and spends more than Ksh16 million (US$185,000) annually in taking the students through the program.
The firm graduated 200 technical engineers from the acdemy in 2013.
Students are drawn from local technical training colleges such as the Nairobi’s Multimedia University, Technical University of Kenya, Kabete Technical Training Institute, PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute and Nairobi Technical training Institute.
The students, who are drawn from local technical training colleges, have undergone a one-year, fully sponsored training program to supplement the theoretical training received at their respective colleges.
Samsung Africa’s first class of graduates was crowned in Febraury 2012 in South Africa, marking the end of a pilot programme and the start of its expansion into other African countries including Kenya and Nigeria.
The academies are a part of the company’s global ‘Hope for Children’ initiative, which places a strategic focus on bringing attention to the worldwide need for childhood education and healthcare in an effort to improve communities worldwide.
Launched in March 2011 in South Africa, the Academy is a core part of Samsung’s vision to fast-track the entry of African youths into the electronics job market, with a short-term goal to develop 10 000 Electronics Engineers across the continent by 2015.