Unlike its culture of unleashing new gadgets in Nairobi, Samsung East Africa on Wednesday unveiled an engineering academy at the Technical University of Kenya.

The facility that will accommodate 60 trainees was put up to meet shortages among local electronics specialists. The academy will offer a 6 month training on efforts to tackle skills shortages among local electronics specialists.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Samsung East Africa’s vice president for east and central Africa, Robert Ngeru said that the academy was part of the strategic plan to full train and equip 10, 000 engineers in the continent. “The essence of this programme is to impart practical skills to students who have only learnt theory in class and make them competitive in the job market,” he said.

Students will be drawn from local technical institutions such as Nairobi Technical training Institute, Multimedia University and Kabete Technical Training Institute.

Additional reporting by the Business Daily