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  EldoHub in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management and with the support of the UK Kenya Tech Hub launched Digital Apprenticeship Programme targeting tech professionals. We interviewed UK Kenya Tech Hub director and here is what she had to say. Tell us about yourself and how you got started in the ICT industry.I’m a non-tecchie, in the tech world! I started out as a lawyer in London and then moved back to Nairobi to start an insurtech startup. Whilst that failed, I learnt more from that failed experience then my entire career as a lawyer and MBA combined! Having caught the entrepreneurship bug, I stayed in the space, working to help support entrepreneurs grow and scale. When the UK government set up the UK-Kenya Tech Hub, I was extremely excited to join and see how I could help support the Kenyan tech ecosystem, build skills and linkages.Read More What was your motivation to start digital apprenticeship program? Practical experience, working in a real-life business environment is the best way to learn and gain skills. In Kenya, so many young people are interested in technology, applying for courses, teaching themselves but struggle to get the experience to use the skills learnt in practice. On the other side, businesses looking for tech talent prefer people with some experience and are unable to find it. There is therefore a real need to provide junior tech professionals with practical experience. On the business side, most businesses still see IT as operational and are therefore not seeing the benefits of technology at a strategic level and the impact it can have on improving efficiencies, decreases costs and increasing revenues. We are hoping this programme will have double the benefits, junior tech professional get the much-needed industry experience supported by mentors; and businesses will see the value of digitization, creating more jobs in the space. What skill/ talent do you find has the most disconnect between what is taught in schools and actual business need? What can be done to narrow this gap?The biggest disconnect is how we are taught in school vs what we need to get jobs, start businesses. We no longer live in an age where we need to learn, memorize facts. Information through the internet is at our finger-tips. The skills we actually need is around problem solving, logical thinking, finding information, presenting, and communicating. This can then be applied across industries. What does short term success look like for the program? What would be the next steps based on this success? Short-term success for the programme would be for the junior tech professionals to complete meaningful projects and gain experience that they can add to their cvs/portfolios and build their confidence to either apply for jobs or start their own businesses. An added bonus would be if the juniors were hired or engaged in some from by the business they were placed in after the programme ends. From the business perspective, success would include seeing how the businesses…