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Microsoft 4Afrika gives 7 Mauritian graduates a valuable internship platform

Microsoft 4Afrika gives 7 Mauritian graduates a valuable internship platform

The program, which is a first in Mauritius, has given seven graduates hailing from various fields the opportunity to embrace this one year internship that started February 2014 and will go on till January 2015. (Image: Development Diaries)

As African countries take tremendous strides in fully integrating ICT into their economies, Microsoft has developed a program that will equip graduates with technical and non-technical skills.

The Microsoft 4Afrika Program is supported by Microsoft employees around the world. It offers internships and placements – both part-time and full-time jobs – within Microsoft, as well as with the company’s more than 10,000 partners across Africa.

The program, which is a first in Mauritius, has given seven graduates hailing from various fields the opportunity to embrace this one year internship that started February 2014 and will go on till January 2015.

The team, which is composed of six girls and one boy, has so far benefited from the latest skills and knowledge which will serve them well in their future career.

After training, the interns will be called for an interview and, some will be recruited, while others plan to work with a Microsoft partner or start their own business.

Across Africa, the Microsoft 4Afrika internship Program provides world-class job training experience to qualified students in Microsoft Africa locations.

The primary goal is to promote employability by providing a unique job experience to hundreds of qualified graduates per year, enabling them to land jobs within Microsoft and their broader partner ecosystem in Africa.

This program, which has a one-week on-boarding and orientation event at the start of the internship, has enabled Mauritian participants to meet interns from different African countries.

The interns also attended a policy conference that took place this August in South Africa, where the objectives that Microsoft seeks to achieve for financial year July 01, 2014 to June30, 2015 were evoked.

Microsoft is committed to helping millions of Africans obtain the requisite skills for entrepreneurship and employability, and this program can be regarded as a viable first step in that direction.

With better access to such cutting-edge resources as are offered by the global technology giant to these select students, regardless of their financial situation, Microsoft is helping Africa’s youth thrive in technology-related fields and to become more globally competitive.

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