Initiatives to shape the next generation of innovators
The SAP Training and Development Institute shapes the next-generation of talent and supports in the creation of sustainable work possibilities by boosting the business system knowledge and entrepreneurial mindset of students, young graduates, and the experienced workforces in a region. With our various initiatives, we help individuals and organizations to thrive in the Digital Economy and share our passion for technology and innovation.
We empower bright talents to succeed in the Digital Economy
Today, one in two people on the planet is under the age of 30. The first “always connected” generation, Millennials, are the best-educated in history but still affected by high unemployment rates according to ILO. At the same time, all organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on advanced technical skills in the emerging Digital Economy.
Founded in November 2012, the SAP Training and Development Institute (SAP TDI) truly underpins SAP’s vision to make the world run better and improve people’s lives with its various initiatives. Our best practices create value across the globe and have already been adopted worldwide to support further SAP organizations.
How we help the world run better
In-Country Value (ICV) has been created by the SAP Training and Development Institute since establishment by running its training programs.
talents have successfully graduated since the launch of SAP's Young Professional Program in 2013.
More than 98%
of our programs' graduates have been placed with customers, partners or SAP internally.
“SAP's Young Professional Program is a cultivating journey which helped me thrive and empowered me to find an attractive job in the region. It only takes hard work, commitment and teamwork to make your wish of finding your dream job come true.”
Logistics Officer, Mars Gulf
"SAP’s Dual Study Program helped me to secure a role with a globally recognized company in a field I’ve always wanted to pursue as my SAP certifications and knowledge gave me a real advantage over other candidates. I’d highly recommend SAP’s Dual Study Program to any student who wants to differentiate themselves in today’s competitive job market."
We offer comprehensive training programs to local students, graduates and experienced professionals with a cultural and social understanding of a region. Our alumni are equally equipped to enter a corporate workforce or start their own company after graduating from our programs.
SAP’s Young Professional Program has been introduced to assist with developing certified SAP Associate Consultants. The program is scheduled over a 2-3 months period, covering a development plan that includes SAP software functional and/or technical knowledgeand certification, personal skills, design thinking (compare d-school Stanford and HPI Berlin) as well as hands-on experience through a dedicated case study.
SAP’s Dual Study Program is run in collaboration between SAP and participating universities and provides students with the opportunity to take major-specific SAP trainings and certification during academic years by establishing an extracurricular collaboration. Students graduate from the program as SAP Associate Consultants, which gives them a competitive edge against other university graduates in pursuing various career paths among SAP’s globally positioned customers and partners.
This unique program aims to create mindshare and inspire the public in SAP core and innovation solutions. The introduction workshops are scheduled over two weekends, free of charge, and open for everyone. Participants of the program have the opportunity to extend their knowledge by pursuing further SAP training programs.
The objective of the SAP Innovation Think Tank is to drive innovation in the MENA region through collaboration. We bring together customers, partners, public sector institutions and industry experts in order to generate and develop world-class knowledge, best business practices and strategies. For this purpose the SAP Training and Development Institute utilizes thought leaders to address complex market dynamics and to develop region specific solutions and innovations.
Design Thinking is a mindset backed by a suite of tools providing a powerful new way of solving problems and unlocking potential based on empathy. The Design Thinking methodology combines creative and analytical approaches, and requires collaboration across disciplines. Methods from design are combined with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. The SAP Training and Development Institute is hosting Design Thinking workshops to enable limitless innovation for participating individuals and organizations.
SAP Startup Focus Program is a global SAP program launched in MENA by the SAP TDI to support technology entrepreneurs, whose ideas are based on Big Data, predictive or real-time analytics solution. It aims to bring the startup community in the region together and provides support for promising startups to build their application on SAP HANA.
Startups across the Middle East and North Africa will be vital in driving the region’s Digital Economy and job creation for technology talents. Boosting regional innovation and supporting local entrepreneurs, the SAP Training and Development Institute has rolled out the global SAP Startup Focus Program in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt after launching the initiative in the Middle East in 2015.
Saudi tech start-ups will drive the Digital Economy over the next 15 years, and support job creation for technology talents, the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology announced at SAP’s first Start-up Focus event in the Kingdom.
Digital Tools Can Foster Citizen Experience and Re-Imagine Cities
As part of the Institute’s recent Young Professional Program in Dubai, 16 graduates were trained in business analytics and predictive analytics skills, which will be vital for organizations in the Smart City sector to drive their digitization efforts.
SAP's Young Professional Program Graduation and Networking Event
Take a look at our latest video of the graduation and networking event for our Dubai talents from SAP's Young Professional Program.
Focusing on the future of MENA’s digital start-ups
“The new revolution worldwide is data.” That’s the assessment of Dr Severin Kezeu, inventor and CEO at SK Solutions – a Dubai Internet City-based company specializing in 3D anti-collision software and enrolled in the SAP Startup Focus Program.
Managing Director, SAP Training & Development Institute
Growth Plan Lead for SAP Middle East & North Africa
Marita is responsible for leading the Investment Strategy of the Growth Plan and the SAP Training and Development Institute. Under Marita’s leadership the SAP TDI was inaugurated in November 2012, and has since won recognition as a trusted and co-innovation
Director Training and Director Business Development MENA & Pakistan
Johann is responsible for the SAP TDI capacity build programs working with various stakeholders in a region. Furthermore, he is responsible to build and nurture relationships to SAP’s ecosystem of partner and customers across MENA and Pakistan in order to give them the opportunity to hire out of our shaped talents.
Director Strategy & Central Functions
Sabrina leads the strategy office and oversees all central functions at the SAP Training and Development Institute. In this role she is responsible to drive the tactical agenda and to ensure operational and organizational effectiveness of the TDI.