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Initiatives to close the digital skills gap

The SAP Training and Development Institute offers initiatives that empower rising talents on SAP’s innovations, thus helps them to kick-start their tech career within the ecosystem of SAP customers and partners.

The institute helps in the creation of sustainable work possibilities, ensures economic growth and supports SAP’s ongoing commitment to closing the digital skills gap. Furthermore, it serves as Think Tank for knowledge exchange, entrepreneurship and innovation. With its various initiatives, the institute helps individuals and organizations to thrive in the Digital Economy and tackles some of today’s most pressing issues, such as youth unemployment and digital skills gap. 

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

Over 272mUSD

In-Country Value (ICV) has been created by the SAP Training and Development Institute across EMEA South since establishment by running its programs.

Over 2990

talents have successfully graduated from the SAP Young Professional Program across 28 countries.

More than 99%

of our programs' graduates have been placed with customers, partners or SAP internally.

Upcoming events and training opportunities

SAP Young Professional Program

  • SAP Young Professional Program Egypt
    August – November 2020
    October 2020 – January 2021
  • SAP Young Professional Program Tunisia
    September – November 2020
  • SAP Young Professional Program Morocco
    September – December 2020
  • SAP Young Professional Program Southern Africa
    September – November 2020
  • SAP Young Professional Program Saudi Arabia
    October – December 2020
  • SAP Young Professional Program Ivory Coast / Senegal
    October 2020 – January 2021
  • SAP Young Professional Program East Africa
    November 2020 – February 2021
  • SAP Young Professional Program Algeria
    November 2020 – February 2021
  • SAP Young Professional Program Turkey
    December 2020 – March 2021
  • SAP Young Professional Program Brazil
    Early 2021
    Apply here

Please contact us via to receive more information or if you would like to hire from our program graduates.

Other Initiatives & Upcoming Events

  • SAP Dual Study Program
    We have 31 Dual Study Partner Universities.
    Please contact us via to receive more information.
  • Winnovate
    Reach out to for more information on Winnovate or find our full service catalogue on

Collaboration is key What others say about us

Malak Awartani
SAP Consultant, Schneider Electric

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.

Salahudin Barakji
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.

Our training initiatives

Enable and foster future technology leaders

We host programs to inspire and enable rising talents on SAP’s latest innovations. Our initiatives support organizations with finding the right resources for the Digital Era. Across Africa, our capacity build programs are offered under the SAP Skills for Africa initiative.

SAP Young Professional Program

The 2-3 month program covers a unique enablement plan that includes SAP software functional/technical knowledge and certification with key focus on SAP’s latest innovations as well as soft skill trainings. Participants graduate from the program as SAP Associate Consultants, being immediately employable with SAP Customers and Partners.

SAP Dual Study Program

In partnership with top universities, the program provides students with the opportunity to take major-specific SAP trainings and certification during academic years. The extracurricular collaboration helps students to bridge the gap between university and workplace and find a job in the SAP Ecosystem.

SAP Go Digital Program

This career transformation offering targets highly skilled and experienced Business Professionals (e.g. in HR or Finance) aiming for a career shift towards professional consulting. The 2-months blended certification program focuses on SAP’s latest innovations. Participants will graduate as SAP Associate Consultant and are immediately employable in the SAP Ecosystem.

Our innovation initiatives

Establish a hub for innovation

We drive initiatives to establish a hub for knowledge exchange and join forces to jointly boost innovation.

Winnovate - a Hub for Innovation

Winnovate, powered by SAP, empowers individuals and organizations to co-create, validate and implement innovative solutions that generate value for their stakeholders – in virtual and hybrid setups. Winnovate is an innovation coaching and workshop facilitator that aims to enable individuals and organizations with the tools and methodologies that are required to give structure to innovation initiatives and grow their “Confidence to Innovate".

SAP Experience Center

Experience Centers act as a front-end for customers where we deliver our innovations to our customers in the context of our Intelligent Enterprise strategy, across the complete SAP portfolio. The mission is to harmonize the customer experience across the globe and simplify the end-to-end customer journey, based on three key aspects: Meet, Inspire, Engage

Stay updated with our news

Switch to Virtual Learning Model Pays Off for SAP Skills for Africa Graduates in an Increasingly Digital World

When the coronavirus pandemic gathered pace, governments were quick to impose lockdown restrictions, closing schools and universities for several months. But the 25 young talents of the latest SAP Young Professional Program in South Africa were able to continue the program thanks to the immediate adjustment of the initiative to a fully virtual format.

Dubai Future Foundation and EA Juffali and Brothers Boost MENA’s USD 2.4 Billion Digital Innovation Market

The Dubai Future Foundation and EA Juffali and Brothers have announced they are unlocking growth and success through enabling and developing a culture of internal innovation, boosting the region’s USD 2.4 billion digital innovation market. Dubai Future Foundation engaged with Winnovate, powered by SAP, to deliver workshops to empower creative champions with the mindset, tools, and methodologies for co-creation and co-innovation.

Bridging the Digital Skills Gap

As technology continues to evolve, skills for the workplace must also evolve. But how do we ensure bridging the tech skills gap and how do we effectively train the workforce to be proficient in relevant digital and future skills on the African continent? SAP TDI's MD Marita Mitschein shared her thoughts with the Intelligent CIO Magazine.

Closing Africa’s Digital Divide: Athenkosi Mali Lifts Up His World

With support, the young and ambitious in Africa are overcoming poverty and other hardships to the benefit of entire families, communities, and countries.

Public-private training initiative supports in closing the digital skills gap in an increasingly digital world

With 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touching an SAP system, SAP customers and partners need SAP-skilled talents, enabled on SAP’s latest innovations, to satisfy their hiring demand. Matching this demand, especially for certified SAP Consultants, with the abundance of talented but unemployed youth, the SAP Training and Development Institute creates a quadruple-win situation through its various training initiatives.

SAP Equips Ajman University Students with Digital Career Skills

Ajman University (AU) and SAP have joined hands to train and certify students on SAP’s latest innovations paired with soft and future skills and hereby empower them to start a career in tech. The recent collaboration included SAP’s flagship digital skill build initiatives: the SAP Dual Study Program and the SAP Young Professional Program.

Meet the SAP Training and Development Institute Executives

Marita Mitschein
Managing Director, SAP Training & Development Institute
Senior Vice President Digital Skills EMEA South
Member of SAP’s Global Executive Leadership Team

In support of SAP’s commitment to close the digital skills gap, Marita Mitschein is leading the SAP Training & Development Institute and overseeing all capacity build initiatives across EMEA South.

Johann Pretorius
Director Training

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 in order to give them the opportunity to hire out of our shaped talents. 

Sabrina Höwer
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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.

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