Skills Development 2018-02-03T07:59:50+00:00

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Countries Spearheading Skills Development in Africa

Many African governments have come to understand that skills training is a major pillar of economic development, and have started making efforts to invest in skills development initiatives. We highlight some of the projects and policies aimed at equipping young people, and the unemployed, with the skills they need to enter the job market. KENYA [...]

Andela’s Strategy is a Skills Development Masterstroke

By using their belief that brilliance is evenly distributed, and sensing that there was an untapped resource, Andela was founded in 2014 with a mandate to assist young developers in improving their skills and providing access to companies that would otherwise not consider employing outside of traditional markets. “Andela is a movement of awesome people that is empowering technology [...]

Policy Needs to Drive Vocational Development in Nigeria

In order for Nigeria to sustain current economic development and accelerate growth, a strong understanding of the education, skills, and employment landscape is important in determining where shortfalls might exist. This is part of the findings of the latest World Bank Competitiveness and Employability Report.  While the country’s unemployment rate sits at approximately 20 percent, most Nigerians are employed [...]

Funding Skills Development in South Africa

There’s a major drive in South Africa to economically empower the previously disadvantaged majority. Skills development is one of the ways the government is equipping the millions of people who are underprivileged with training so they can be active participants in the economy. To fuel this skills development machine, the Skills Development Levies Act was enacted in 1998. Under [...]

Creating a Uniquely African Eyewear Line

Studying optometry was not Anthonia Ojo’s first choice. The young Nigerian was initially interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field. She was almost swayed by her parents to study medicine, but was eventually given the option of studying optometry upon applying at the University of Benin City in Nigeria. “I have no regrets,” she says, of the [...]

Dreams Take Flight With Aviation Engine Gift

Is there anything more exciting than the idea of flying, whether it involves jetting off on a holiday, or on a short business trip, or lying on the grass, staring up at the sky and wondering where all the airplanes passing overhead are going? There is an escapism attached to flight and aviation that everyone appreciates, but for young [...]

Accelerating Renewable Energy Capacity Development in Ethiopia

GE Renewable Energy and the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT) in Ethiopia partner to, amongst other initiatives, develop a Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence. The centre will serve as a training hub for undergraduate students in the Ethiopian university system; a research incubator for graduates; and a learning environment for faculty. GE Ethiopia CEO Daniel Hailu elaborates on [...]

Job-Hunting? The Renewable Energy Sector is Hiring!

Many JOB OPPORTUNITIES will be created along the different segments of the value chain, with increasing requirements for individuals with DIVERSE SKILL-SETS AND TALENTS. Significant efforts in TRAINING AND EDUCATION is needed to provide the labour market with the REQUIRED SKILLS.

The Woman Who Will Help Provide Electricity to 3 Million South African Homes

People often visit South Africa to bask in the country’s sunshine, learn about its history and discover its stunning natural beauty. But just east of the capital Pretoria, amid a maze of cranes and concrete, they’d find a different sight to write home about: the Kusile Power Station, a high-efficiency, reduced-emissions coal-fired power plant that will provide electricity to [...]

Empowering Women-Owned Enterprises To Solve Local Energy Challenges

Lack of access to electricity continues to plague many African countries, including Uganda, where up to 80% of the population lives without power. Given the increasing demand, it will take more than the Ugandan government to power up the East African country. Organisations like the United States Development Foundation (USADF), in partnership with Power Africa and GE Africa [...]

How GE Power Innovations in Africa Support Development

General Electric (GE) is committed to supporting Africa’s sustainable growth by investing in partnerships across the continent that foster economic development. The global digital industrial company is also committed to skills development and sustainability initiatives across several sectors, including power installation, generation and transmission.

Developing Engineering Talent in Africa

Getting the relevant technical and leadership skills is a common stumbling block for university and college graduates wanting to enter the job market. That’s one of the reasons internships, like the one offered by GE Power, exists. Introduced by the global digital industrial company in 2015, the GE Power Internship programme is designed to give Ivorian engineering students a [...]

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GE at Work in 8 African Countries

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GE has been operating in Angola since 1967. Today, GE employs more than 500 people in businesses spanning across key sectors including oil and gas, power and water, rail transportation, energy connections and Healthcare.

GE has been collaborating with the Angolan government and other players in the private sector to help the country achieve its Vision 2025 goals. This collaboration has helped Angola explore a variety of opportunities, from new ways to generate power to modernizing the transportation sector. [Read More]

Since 1945, GE has been building, moving, curing and powering Ethiopia. Key businesses in the country include aviation, power distribution, healthcare, and financial services. In January 2014, GE and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development signed a multi-sector MOU to jointly develop projects in the aviation, healthcare, power and transportation sectors of Ethiopia.   [Read More]
GE works in Ghana to support economic growth through infrastructure development especially in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. GE is working with Ghana’s leaders on plans to develop the critical infrastructure needed for continued energy management in the country. [Read More]
Since 2011, GE Africa’s Sub-Saharan Headquarters has been located in Nairobi. The headquarters is now home to over 140 employees. GE is committed to supporting Kenya in realizing its Vision 2030 goals. In 2012, GE signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the government to develop projects in key sectors, including power and healthcare. [Read More]
GE is focused on business development and building Mozambique’s future through key investments in a wide variety of industries including; Oil & Gas, Transportation and Energy Management. Committed to growing in Mozambique, GE has continued to make significant investments in the country’s Human capital. [Read More]
GE has been operating in Nigeria for over 40 years, with businesses spanning a number of key sectors including aviation, power generation, oil and gas, healthcare, and transportation. In the past three years, there has been a renewed focus on the country with an eye on new service facilities and employment of more local talent to expand the company’s capabilities.  [Read More]
GE’s first overseas office outside of the USA was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1898. In support of sanctions imposed against the apartheid system of governance, the company disinvested in South Africa in the late 1970s. GE re-invested in South Africa in the 1990s in support of rebuilding a new democratic South Africa. [Read More]
GE has been operating in Tanzania since 2013 and is currently working to supply Tanzania Railways with 58 locomotives to further develop oil and gas and mining operations. GE has been a key player In Tanzania’s power sector working together with the Tanzania Electricity Power company (TANESCO) and a number of power producers to boost electricity generation in the country. [Read More]
ge at work in africa

GE first started operating in Sub-Saharan Africa over 100 years ago. However in 2011, we decided to renew our focus to meet Africa’s current and future needs. Our footprint in sub-Saharan Africa now consists of over 2600 employees, revenues of about $3.3 billion dollars (2015) and operations in 33 countries. GE’s main operations in SSA are in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya where its SSA Headquarters is located.

A key partner in supporting SSA’s socio-economic growth, GE operates in the Oil & gas, power, transportation, healthcare, renewables, energy connections and aviation sectors.

Partnership with Governments and local companies form a very important part of GE’s growth in SSA. We have signed MOUs with the Governments of several countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Ghana to develop infrastructure projects, including sustainable energy solutions, providing efficient and reliable transportation as well as improving access to quality healthcare. These MOUs involve significant investments in creating jobs and human capital development.

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