International partnership to provide African SMEs with IT skills

23rd July 2021 By: Schalk Burger - Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor

Financial services group Ecobank Group has partnered with various organisations to provide training to equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s digital world.

The partnership includes information technology multinational Microsoft, business network company LinkedIn, software development hosting company GitHub and Ecobank Academy.

SMEs can register through the Global Skills Initiative, which will host a webinar on July 26.

The Global Skills Initiative programme is available as an online portal where SMEs can register and start their learning journey for any of the ten in-demand skill sets, namely customer services, digital marketing, financial analysis, graphic design, information technology (IT) support or help desk, project management, sales, data analysis, IT administration and software development.

Participants can complete the virtual programme at their own pace and at times that work best for them. The programme runs until December 31.

“SMEs have been significantly impacted on by the Covid-19 pandemic with its attendant lockdowns and disruptions to supply chains, plummeting sales, lost revenue and operational challenges.

"In response to feedback from our customers, Ecobank, through its commercial banking segment, is helping business owners close the digital skills gap within their chosen fields and  improve the digital capabilities of their employees,” Ecobank states.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has turbocharged the shift towards digital. It is essential that businesses adapt so that they are able to compete effectively in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Ecobank’s commercial banking is committed to supporting SMEs across our pan-African footprint,” says Ecobank commercial banking group executive Josephine Anan-Ankomah.