18 August 2020
ICT Minister Witnesses ITI 2019/2020 Training Year Commencement

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has witnessed the commencement ceremony of the Information Technology Institute (ITI)2019-2020 training year, held under the title “Young Egyptian Minds” at ITI premises in Smart Village.
The commencement included an open meeting with some of the graduates of the various technological programs and specializations, from different governorates. During the meeting, ITI various training programs were presented, including the Professional Training Program (PTP), the Intensive Code Camp (ICC), and the training program for recruits, with around 5,500 graduates in the previous training year. The meeting, in addition, shed light on the job opportunities that the IT industry helped create in local and international markets through freelancing and remote work platforms.
The ICT sector, despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, managed to achieve a growth rate of 15.2% during the last fiscal year, stated the ICT Minister, adding that the COVID-19 crisis resulted in creating remote work and distance learning opportunities. Talaat said that distance learning enabled the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to double the number of trainees, in line with its efforts to double the number of its training institutes' branches in different governorates.
He highlighted that traditional job opportunities are always limited within the local economy, and that reflects the significance of remote work through freelancing platforms, as it helps remove barriers, transforming the entire globe into a big labor market. Talaat added that the current crisis contributed to changing management systems in accepting remote work, which is reflected in the acceptance of the countries with active markets to this work model, given the experience it provides and the divides it helps bridge, without the need to physically host the human capital.
The ICT Minister underlined that MCIT and its affiliated organizations provide lots of opportunities and training programs to hone the youth’s digital skills, which included increasing the training opportunities from 4,500 in 2018, to over 100,000, in 2020. He stated that MCIT is working on including freelancing skills as a core focus in all training courses, to create a base of qualified freelancers, adding that he trusts young Egyptians' ability to compete in freelancing global markets.
Talaat also met with a number of ITI officials, where he commended ITI efforts in building youth’s capacity in technology areas and qualifying specialized human calibers. He directed for doubling the number of trainees and developing skills, in line with the requirements of the labor market, with conducting the training according to the latest global technologies.
Furthermore, the ICT Minister had a discussion with the graduates, where he called for making efforts to develop their capabilities and hone their skills with knowledge, in advanced technologies. Talaat also underlined that by the end of this year, the technological innovation hub in Aswan will be inaugurated, including branches of MCIT affiliated training institutes.
During the ceremony, ITI Chairwoman Heba Saleh presented ITI action plans that witnessed a great development during the current year, in line with the State’s and MCIT plans to develop human calibers. Plans included a horizontal development of the specializations of strategic dimension, in line with the State's efforts in achieving digital transformation. These specializations include information security, data analysis, and Internet of Things (IoT), the graduates of which reached over 500, in cooperation with Egyptian private companies.
This is in addition to adopting new technological mechanisms and integrating them to provide integrated training services in support of more availability and deepening of the trainers’ role in application and problem solving. This has led to a greater utilization of the trainees’ innovation through ITI e-learning platform, Mahara-Tech, with the distinct content it includes in Arabic, offered by ITI specialists or private sector partners, as well as the content offered through the new partnerships with international content providers, which helped increase the number of Mahara-Tech beneficiaries from 6,000 to 141,000 trainees, in the last five months, added Saleh.
The ceremony included honoring ITI training programs top graduates. In addition, ITI plans for the next year were presented, as well as the governance model that supports the new geographic expansions. They are based on enriching the e-learning platforms content and blended learning services, and enhancing the requirements of the training environment by making them available online, to include software licenses and specialized labs, thus supporting the State’s needs of the most requested specializations. This is in addition to focusing on supporting technology ambassadors from trainers from different governorates and from outside Egypt, and supporting the services of introducing technological professions and their future through Mahara-Tech.
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