Back in 2015, the government of Kenya, through the ICT Ministry launched the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP), which, according to ICT Authority that implements its offerings, ‘is the most transformative ICT program ever conceived in the country.’
The announcement of the training program was done sometime in 2014, but actual intakes started in 2015. Over time, PDTP has trained hundreds of Kenyans who have since been imparted with key ICT skills.
So far, PDTP has conducted three cohorts. The latest group (Cohort III), which included 400 students, started training in April 2018. The activity lasted 12 months, and applicants were stationed in both the public and private sectors.
ICT Authority says that the team was trained in software development, ICT Project Management, and information security, to mention a few. They then graduated last month at the Kenya School of Government that was graced by the ICT PS Jerome Ochieng’ and ICT Authority CEO Katherine Getao, among other dignitaries.
Cohort I saw the graduation of 89 students. The number was then bumped to 400 for Cohort II and Cohort III. No new development has since been announced about increasing the intake for subsequent training.
Lastly, it is worth noting that the internship program is available for all students who graduated recently from recognized universities with First Class or Second Class Upper Division college degrees. Any student with an ICT-degree that meets the above qualifications can apply.