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Microsoft and Kenan team up in ICT training

Released at: 15:06, 25/06/2016

Microsoft and Kenan team up in ICT training

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Second Microsoft TechSpert program to open up career opportunities for young Vietnamese in ICT through practical training.

by Linh San

The Kenan Institute Asia officially launched the second year of the Microsoft TechSpert program on June 24 at the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, following on from the success of the first held last year.

With financial and technical support from the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, Kenan will provide communications, basic entrepreneurship and career planning skills, technical training sessions on Microsoft solutions and IT, and an apprenticeship program to support young Vietnamese students interested in the field of information communication technology (ICT) to capture career opportunities.

“Through the program, young Vietnamese will be trained with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance their ability to succeed in the ICT sector,” said Ms. Phan Kieu Anh, Program Manager of Kenan in Vietnam.

The Microsoft TechSpert program will create a more skilled workforce in technology trading and sales as well as offer ambitious young people the opportunity to start their own IT businesses. 

“This project is part of the Microsoft Philanthropies program in Vietnam to empower every Vietnamese people to achieve more,” said Ms. Le Hong Nhi, Citizenship and Community Affairs Manager of Microsoft Vietnam. “TechSpert has demonstrated a special training model in which a partnership between schools, a non-profit, a technology corporation, and retail enterprises has been developed and strengthened to give young people a comprehensive and practical training program to pave the way for students from schools to enter the labor market with job-ready skills.”

The program will deliver knowledge of Microsoft’s products, such as Office 365 and Windows 10, sales skills and other soft skills so that students can become technology sales experts. In addition to the training, program participants will have the opportunity to take internships at three major IT retail stores: Media Mart, Pico and Phuc Anh.

Microsoft will invest $3 million in Vietnam over 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 throughout Vietnam.

The Kenan Institute Asia is a knowledge and capacity building organization implementing results-oriented, social and economic development programming on a not-for-profit basis and is headquartered in the Thai capital of Bangkok. It conducts activities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as well as regional activities in Southeast Asia.

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