Developing the future workforce for the ICT sector

Mr Frédéric Massé  | Presentation (PDF)




Aligned with international current market trends, mobility is one of the five SAP strategic business pillars. Based on our expertise and consciousness of the requirements for the sustainability of our business model, SAP aims to develop workforce of the future all the while accompanying numerous inclusive projects enhancing entrepreneurship, professional inclusiveness, mobile technology development by under-represented and/or under-privileged publics across EMEA. is an accelerated teaching program on web/mobile programming and digital entrepreneurship developed for students traditionally under-represented in IT fields (e.g. girls, students from disadvantaged backgrounds). Inspired by ‘bootcamps’ developed in the USA in 2010, shaped this existing model making it inclusive for youth from modest backgrounds. Conscious about the existence of an under-exploited innovation potential of those under-represented publics, SAP partnered with and accompanied this social business in its expansion across EMEA region (starting in South Africa). 

Academy Cube: Via its partnership with Academy Cube, SAP helps to address the ICT skills shortage. Academy Cube is an alliance between industry, academia and public bodies which aims to bridge the gap between youth unemployment and the ICT skills shortage in Europe. Launched at CeBIT 2013 and supported by the European Commission, the Academy Cube is an online platform on which interested young STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates can attend Internet-based eLearning courses. 

Web@cadémie: Web@cadémie provides young people who have dropped out of school and who do “not fit” traditional academic system with a 24-month-lasting training in ICT (especially programming). Their innovative approach enhances employability of those who would otherwise be excluded. 

ICT Academy: Supported by SAP and other leading companies, the ICT Academy started in 2003 and has since certified over 750 graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds with the SAP Business One international certificate, providing students with a precious distinction that values their profile in the labour market. 

Skills for Africa: Following a successful pilot in Kenya, SAP formally launched the “Skills for Africa” initiative in May 2013. The program is aimed at developing ICT skills to create a rich talent pool in Africa for the entire SAP ecosystem, beginning in South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and followed by other countries such as Ivory Coast and Mauritius. The training, targeting 100 under-privileged students per year, will comprise a mix of classroom and e-Learning without requiring Internet access, and students will receive printed course material and a USB which is valid for the duration of the course. 

SAP Training and Development Institute: Up-skilling local talent will enhance their employment prospects and drive sustainable innovation and growth in the region. With a particular focus on mobility, in-memory computing, cloud, urban management and smart city functionalities, the SAP Training and Development Institute aims to certify 2,000 new consultants within the next four years, tripling the company’s existing consulting capabilities in the region.



Mr Massé is vice president in charge Government Relations for SAP Europe, Middle-East and Africa. He  was previously responsible for SAP's strategy for the French public sector. After fifteen years in the French administration, he held sales positions at several international software companies for whom he developed the business applications market for the public sector. Frederic Massé has a scientist and information technology background.

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