DigiTalent is the brand name for the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP), an internship programme that develops the ICT talent pool in Kenya through a collaboration between the public and private sectors. It is a partnership between government, public and private sector stakeholders and is to be implemented by the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (MoICT) through the ICT Authority (ICTA).
It is borne out of the need for government to enhance its capacity to use ICT in effective public service delivery. It also provides a training ground for potential employees and an affordable labour pool of freshly qualified individuals in government offices. Targeting recent graduates, PDTP offers participants an opportunity to understand government services, and provides them with a chance to contribute towards improving service delivery to Kenyan citizens.
Digitalent focuses on two key aspects:
A transformed country and an engaged citizenry through innovative and sustainable ICT skill development
To build the next generation of globally competitive ICT, leadership and technology talent that will transform Kenya through world-class service delivery to the citizenry.
PDTP aims at developing the ICT talent pool by leveraging collaboration between the public and private sectors. Specifically, its main objectives are:
PDTP is beneficial in the following ways:
Purity Joan SitatiBeneficiary, PDTP 2015
“Participating in PDTP gave me an insider perspective on the government, which helped me to know my country better. I now know the flagship projects that the government is working hard to accomplish and I am proud to have been part of the success that is being achieved. I would like to encourage ladies who graduate from university to come out in large numbers and be a part of this programme as it gives great exposure and a lot of inspiration to do more in ICT”
Nicholas Nthenge BabuBeneficiary, PDTP 2015
“Through PDTP, I have learnt a lot working for government and in the public sector especially in areas of user support and training. I am now able to fully appreciate the growth of ICT uptake and its effects, not only in government, but also to the common mwananchi. I encourage graduates to take up the PDTP opportunity because through it, I have seen that the possibilities in ICT in service delivery are infinite.”
a transformed country and an engaged citizenry through innovative and sustainable ICT skill development