SVP Ebenezer Asante launches MTN Group program to bridge data analytics skills gap

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The Data Science Analytics training program has been introduced by MTN Ghana and seven (7) other MTN operations.

The initiative is a part of the MTN Skills Academy’s efforts to advance digital job skills, which in turn supports the strategic goal of the MTN Group to offer digital solutions for Africa’s advancement.

Through several of its operational companies, MTN Group is collaborating with SAS Training, Courses & Classes to provide data analytics training to up to 200 young people in order to reduce Africa’s digital skills gap.


Polaris Market Research estimates that the global market for data science platforms will be worth $95 billion in 2021 and anticipates that it will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 27% through 2030, driven by the rising amounts of data that businesses are producing

“For Africa to realise its full potential, we need to address the lack of skills funding,” says MTN Group Senior Vice President for Markets Ebenezer Asante, adding that eight MTN operating companies had assigned learners to participate in the training that the Group is providing through its partnership with SAS.

“Africa has the largest and fastest-growing youth population in the world. While this holds tremendous development promise, youth unemployment statistics remain a cause for major concern. It is only by investing in developing the right skills that we are going to overcome this challenge,” Asante adds.


Ten participants in Ghana who are eligible for National Service have been chosen to participate in this training program, and each of them has been given access to working materials such monthly data and airtime for the training course.

Five of the 10 participants are recipients of MTN scholarships, while the remaining five are national service members.

There are five female contestants in order to establish gender equality.

“We are committed to supporting public and private organizations across Africa adopt cloud platforms to tap into the full potential of their analytic capabilities and resources to accelerate innovation and higher operational efficiencies,” says Essie Mokgonyana, SAS Country Manager & Sales Director for South Africa.

“During this programme all participants will have full access to SAS® Skill Builder for Students, which includes a repository of resources to help participants learn SAS Data Science skills; from free online courses for certification purposes to exam preparation materials, and practical case studies where participants can learn more about how SAS software solutions are used in the industries they’re interested in and for their career advancement,” says Adesh Nathalal, Education Manager at SAS in South Africa.

After the initial six-week programme, half the participants will undergo further training with MTN’s in-house data analytics academy.

“This initiative is part of the work of the broader MTN Skills Academy to equip young people with the skills that are in high demand, in turn making them more employable,” says Asante, adding that MTN is committed to closing the skills gap and contributing to youth empowerment wherever we operate.



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