SAP launches Partner Talent Initiative to identify & train talent in the SAP Partner Ecosystem


SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has today announced the launch of its Partner Talent Initiative to identify and train new and existing talent in the SAP Partner Ecosystem to support increasing demand within the IT channel for skilled certified professionals.

The programme will provide a rigorous, full-time curriculum designed to certify IT professionals in crucial and high demand areas including  RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and an introduction to SAP S/4HANA Financial Accounting. Participants will then graduate with three SAP certifications, before re-entering the partner ecosystem as graduates ready for employment.

The first two cohorts have already started the programme. Following successful completion of the course, graduates will begin a three-month intensive training programme designed to equip them with the professional and personal skills needed to become an SAP consultant.

With the SAP EMEA North cloud services market growing at CAGR of 16%, SAP’s partners are in high demand, leaving many facing a challenging digital skills gap. SAP’s new programme is open to both recent graduates and those working in complimentary industries, and will help address existing gaps in talent by providing graduates with the skills and qualifications needed to find employment in the partner community.

Participants will receive ongoing support and continuous feedback from delegates, instructors and the wider partner team throughout the training period. Candidates will also have an executive welcome and kick-off event upon joining, with the option of attending a physical graduation ceremony upon completion of the course.

SAP will also offer a business development fund (BDF) incentive to partners who recruit, train and certify new consultants under their Drive2Deliver partner capacity initiative.

The Partner Talent Initiative combines:

  • Learning content to build product skills for solutions across the SAP portfolio, including leading SAP solutions like SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Financial Accounting
  • Access to enablement content for members of SAP partner ecosystem
  • First-hand practice on live SAP software training systems
  • Expert-led and peer-to-peer learning environments
  • Opportunities to obtain SAP Global Certification digital badges and stay current with ongoing technology advances

Celine Cazali, Chief Partner Officer, SAP UK & Ireland, comments: “By launching the Partner Talent Initiative, graduates of the programme will learn invaluable skills, helping customers and partners successfully become Intelligent Enterprises and provide high-quality services. Through a rigorous curriculum, combined with continuous feedback and support, our programme will equip the next generation of consultants with the mindset, skills and ambition needed to succeed in the channel and beyond.”

Paul Cooper, Chairman, UK & Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG), comments: “We welcome the creation of the Partner Talent Initiative as it will help address a potential skills gap in the future. Our most recent member research highlighted that many organisations are concerned a lack of available skills will impact the speed their organisation moves to SAP S/4HANA. A thriving partner ecosystem with more certified talent will be essential in supporting customers’ SAP S/4HANA journeys and developing the next-generation workforce.”

If you are an existing SAP partner in EMEA North and would like more information on this initiative and how you could get involved, visit the website here and find out more here.

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