Leading pan-African banking group, Ecobank Group, is partnering with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy to provide training to equip Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Africa. This training will provide SMEs digital skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s digital world.
SMEs have been significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic with its attendant lockdowns and disruptions to supply chains, plummeting sales, lost revenue and operational challenges. In response, Ecobank through its Commercial Banking Segment is helping business owners close the digital skills gap within their chosen fields and improve the digital capabilities of their employees.
Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Group Executive, Commercial Banking for the Ecobank Group said that the “COVID-19 pandemic has turbocharged the shift towards digital.” She stated that it “is essential that businesses adapt so that they are able to compete effectively in today’s rapidly changing landscape.” Anan-Ankomah also said that, through the partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy, “Ecobank’s Commercial Banking is committed to supporting SMEs” in African. This partnership offers “training to equip business owners and their employees with the digital skills that they need to stay connected to their customers.”
SMEs are been invited to register for upcoming webinar taking place on July 26, 2021. The Global Skilling initiative program is available on an online portal where SMEs can register and start their learning journey for any of the 10 in-demand skill sets including Customer Services, Digital Marketing, Financial Analysis, Graphic Design, IT Support/Help Desk, Project Management, Sales, Data Analysis, IT Administration, and Software Development. Participants can complete the virtual program at their own pace and at times that work best for them. The program runs until 31st of December 2021.
Microsoft’s Regional General Manager for Middle East and Africa, Ibrahim Youssry, said, “we are committed to building digital talent pipelines to support the workforce of the future, and our Global Skilling Initiative is an important part of this process.” He stated that “digital talent will also support more local innovation, as developers and entrepreneurs are empowered to create locally relevant solutions that best address the challenges and needs of African countries.”
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