Microsoft Digital Literacy & Computer Science Training Program
This project seeks to address some of the challenges to accessing career paths faced by young people graduating from high school by introducing them to computer science education and opportunities for internship, Micro work and continued learning.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The young people targeted are introduced to computer science including on introduction to computer systems, hardware and software components, computer applications, programming and coding, and components on ICT for development. The students will then be introduced to Microsoft’s E learning portal known as the Imagine academy.
It is expected that in the long term, at least 70 per cent of the young people participating in this program will pursue careers in computer science and computer science related fields.
Digital Literacy develops the fundamental understanding of computers. Beneficiaries learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology and identify careers where they can put those skills to work.
The core objective of online work is to give beneficiaries the opportunity to work and earn money online by teaching them to
- Create online work profiles
- Learn a skill that they can market on the platform
- Bid and successfully work online
WEB & APP DEVELOPMENT
Participants are trained and mentored on how to develop modern day web platforms and applications that can be used to solve modern day issues faced in the society. Once taught they will participate in a web/app development boot camp.
This includes financial literacy and Taxation for young people in employment, small to medium businesses as well as available government opportunities such as AGPO and the Youth Enterprise fund.
ABOUT MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY
The Microsoft Imagine Academy is Microsoft’s E learning portal known as the Imagine academy where students can pursue certifications in Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Which form key components in any Computer science related field.
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE
The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level credential that validates fundamental technology skills and knowledge.
MTA addresses a wide range of critical technology concepts with exams that are designed to assess and validate core technical concepts in three primary areas: Developer, Database, and IT Professional.
MICROSOFT CERTIFIED SYSTEMS ASSOCIATE
The MCSA is designed for system administrators and help desk support professionals who implement, manage, and/or troubleshoot existing Microsoft network and system infrastructures. Beneficiaries can specialize on the following operating systems Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows 8
MICROSOFT CERTIFIED SYSTEMS ASSOCIATE
Beneficiaries involved in this field will be recognized for possessing the technical skills, expertise and knowledge necessary to perform complex roles using Microsoft technologies.
Employers depend on them to solve difficult problems, design systems and complex solutions, build and deploy, and operate, maintain and optimize Microsoft-based systems.
MENTORSHIP & JOB PLACEMENT SUPPORT
Through their exposure to the to the Imagine academy, beneficiaries are mentored through whatever path or speciality they deem fit. On completion of the program, they graduate in a ceremony graced by the members from the county government, CBO, National government and other key stakeholders.
Since February 2017, the Microsoft Digital Literacy and Computer Science Training Program has recruited and trained 500 beneficiaries in Kimabu, Kikuyu, Ruaka and Kikuyu.
Beneficiaries have been equipped with employability skills to secure sustainable income generating activities as well as live a healthy life.
Recruited & Enrolled
Placed in Jobs or Apprenticeship
After completing school, Fatma was really interested in a career in Computer Science. When she saw an opportunity offered by Microsoft at ACWICT and went for an interview and was fortunately accepted. Fatma did CISCO, Microsoft and said that she loves the technical...