Kenyan telecom operator, Safaricom, has teamed up with USIU-Africa to launch a one-year mentorship programme, which will enable students in Kenya undertake degree courses at university level. The programme will also see undergraduates pairing with mentors from Safaricom.
The mentorship programme is being introduced as a pilot program, and is the first of its kind for the telecom giant. This is seen as a step towards bridging the divide in skills gap between what corporate organizations need and what graduates are trained in.
The Safaricom USIU-Africa Mentorship Programme is designed to connect 20 Kenyan students to 20 mentors that will be drawn from the telecom company’s Women in Leadership and Women in Technology teams.
As a part of the programme, students will also be mentored by Safaricom Rising Stars, which is a select group of employees known for their leadership qualities and rapid career growth within the company itself.
One of the bases of the programme, according to the report, will be to ensure its impacts the academic life of the students. This will involve face-to-face interaction between the mentors and their protégées every month. There will also be regular feedback forum and team building to deliver a holistic approach to academic, personal and career guidance.