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Microsoft and Kenan provide IT workforce support

Released at: 13:04, 02/10/2015

Microsoft and Kenan provide IT workforce support

Microsoft Youthspark Techsperts program underway, providing the necessary skills for young Vietnamese to secure employment in the IT industry.

by Viet Tuan

Kenan Institute Asia officially launched the “Microsoft Youthspark Techsperts” program on October 1, funded by Microsoft Vietnam, to support young Vietnamese in the information technology (IT) field.

“Via the program young Vietnamese will be trained in the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance their ability to work in technology trading,” said Ms. Phan Kieu Anh, Director of the program.

“Vietnam is gradually increasing the power of its IT sector to create jobs, improve education, and promote a culture of creativity,” according to Ms. Duong Thi Kim Anh, Human Resources Director at Microsoft Vietnam. “The IT sector is not just a single industrial sector but also a essential sector in helping the development of other sectors. As a developing economy, Vietnam is under pressure from youth unemployment, especially fresh graduates from vocational colleges, who still lack practical skills for employment.”

In the program students will be provided with job training connected to a practical job environment. It is a pilot program that aims to create a workforce selling software and is an opportunity for young people with a passion for the IT business and who want to start up a business selling products for large corporations.

Students will be provided with basic knowledge on Microsoft’s IT products and will learn about Office 365 and Windows 10 by Microsoft, and be taught soft skills in selling products, such as communication, negotiation, and team work, from Kenan’s lecturers, and do an internship in IT stores such as Tran Anh, MediaMart, Pico, Phuc Anh, and Viettel Store.

Kenan Institute Asia (Kenan), the operational name for the Kenan Foundation Asia, is a leading Thailand-based non-profit organization that serves the sustainable development needs of the Greater Mekong Sub Region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Yunnan Province in southern China, and Vietnam).

Founded in 1996, Kenan works to address the challenges facing Southeast Asia through free enterprise mechanisms, boundary-spanning partnerships and expertise gained through practical development experience. The organization specializes in designing, managing, and implementing programs in public health, youth development and innovative education, entrepreneurship, sustainable tourism, business and economic development, and corporate social responsibility.

Microsoft will invest $3 million in Vietnam over the next three years as part of the company’s global YouthSpark commitment to empower young people with opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship. The investment will be used to provide technology skills training, along with connections to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people across Vietnam.

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