On the occasion of the award of the 2016 edition of the STEM competitive exam (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) to encourage research in Africa, Joel Nana Kontchou, CEO of Energy of Cameroon (Eneo), Cameroon subsidiary of the British Actis in the electricity sector, said in Yaounde on 28 October that Eneo will need about 40 engineers and 80 technicians per year.
The profiles wanted are those in areas as diverse as mechanics, electronics, computing, telecommunications, construction, logistics and architecture. Joel Nana Kontchou said Eneo will also work with young start-ups to develop solutions company that apply to mobile telephony, wind energy solutions, and skills integration systems.
However, the CEO of Eneo regretted the fact that only 25% of students (about 500 000) in Cameroon are registered today in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, women are underrepresented in these fields, which for him is a real concern.
Yet many developmental projects are either underway or announced in Cameroon, with a growing need for skilled labor. “At the current rate of training in Stem trades, it will be difficult to achieve these projects with local resources,” warned Joel Nana Kontchou whose company employs more than 3,700 people.