Tek Experts, a leading global provider of business and deep IT support services, and global IT giant, Microsoft are returning to develop more women in IT in Nigeria with the second cohort of the Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program (Microsoft Leap). This cohort will begin on August 10, 2020.
The Microsoft Leap program seeks to recruit, develop, and train non-traditional talent for employability into the technology industry worldwide. The 16-week program provides immersive experiences for the trainees through project management and development courses. Microsoft Leap combines traditional classroom learning with hands-on projects for its ten-women software engineering cohort in Nigeria. During this 16-week timeframe, the participants will be mentored by the Tek Experts and Microsoft engineering teams in Lagos, Nigeria and Redmond, Washington, USA.
On the 14th of August 2020, a meet and greet session was held for the trainees at Tek Experts’ Lagos office. The semi virtual event, which was an opportunity for the trainees to be introduced to key stakeholders from Microsoft and Tek Experts, was attended by Akin Banuso – Country Manager Microsoft Nigeria / Ghana, Gafar Lawal- Managing Director Africa Development Center, West Africa, Ola Williams- Partner Technology Lead at Microsoft Middle East and Africa Multi Cluster Countries, Chun Lu- Co-founder Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program and Princess Anya – Business Program Manager, Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program.
Also, in attendance was Ashim Egunjobi - Head of Business Development, Africa Tek Experts and Lars Johannisson - Managing Director Tek Experts Nigeria.
Tek Experts and Microsoft management wished the trainees well on their program and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them during this 16-week immersive program. They got to hear testimonials of 2 trainees from the first cohort who are currently full-time Technical Support Engineers at Tek Experts.
The Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program (Microsoft Leap) is led by the Talent, Learning, & Insights organization at Microsoft (Redmond, USA), and is sponsored by Kevin Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft.
This initiative is consistent with Tek Expert’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the IT field especially with regards to women in technology.