EldoHub launches Sasakazi in bid to link young tech professional with MSME jobs
EldoHub, an education, innovation and technology organization targeting youth and women, has unveiled Sasakazi, a platform that seeks to connect tech professionals with businesses based on their unique digital needs.
Sasakazi is a job matching digital platform that enables Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to come up with digital solutions best suited for them and create employment for young tech professionals.
Magdaline Chepkemoi, the EldoHub Founder and CEO, has touted the launch as a breakthrough for Eldohub, the tech sector and the digitization of businesses in Kenya.
“The official launch marked an important milestone in our journey to empower young tech professionals and bridge the digital skills gap in Kenya,” stated Chepkemoi.
Speaking during the launch at a Nairobi hotel, Deputy British High Commissioner to Kenya Josephine Gauld said the programme funded by the UK will go a long way in fostering a diverse and more equitable digital ecosystem.
“The partnership with Eldohub has shown that there is still a lot of demand for digital talent from both technology companies and traditional companies looking to digitalise and grow their businesses,” Gauld said.
Sasakazi is a collaboration between EldoHub, which is based in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, and Thunderbird Global School of Management (Arizona State University- USA) supported by UK-Kenya Tech Hub and UK Government through the Africa Tech and Innovation Partnership (ATIP).
Eng John Tanui, the Principal Secretary for ICT and Digital Economy, lauded the initiative saying it will present a handy market for tech talent and connect them with local MSMEs.
“The SasaKazi platform will disrupt the industry by creating professional digital apprenticeships with time tested soft skills for digital work setting and support MSMEs to digitize in Africa,” added ICT and Digital Economy Principal Secretary, Eng John Tanui.
The platform accords young tech talents an opportunity to showcase their skills and qualifications and access employers in the vibrant digital ecosystem in Kenya and the region.
“Let us build an environment where no talent is untapped and where opportunities are not missed,” stated Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) acting CEO John Paul Okwiri.
A total of 3,884 tech talents have been reached by the programme, 386 junior tech professionals placed into 181 businesses, including start-ups, SMEs and traditional businesses in Kenya and up to 90 per cent of the tech talents have been hired by the MSMEs.
The platform seeks to register 1 million users and establish 100,000 new employment opportunities for the youth and women in the digital economy over the next five years.