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Launched Support Program to Train SAP-skilled Women and Employment Support Program

Launched Support Program to Train SAP-skilled Women and Employment Support Program
Aiming to solve the shortage of IT human resources and the issues related to female employment, we support women who aim to play an active role as digital human resources.

ABeam Consulting Ltd. (“ABeam,” headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Tatsuya Kamoi, President and CEO), SAP Japan Co., Ltd. (“SAP Japan,” headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Hirofumi Suzuki, President and Representative Director), SHIFT Inc. (“SHIFT,” headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Masaru Tange, President and Representative Director), MAIA Co., Ltd. (“MAIA,” headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Yuka Tsukita, President and Representative Director) announced that they will launch a business to support women who have concerns in their work due to various reasons such as child care, aged care and others. In its support business, they train them to be SAP-skilled human resources that is expected to be highly demanded and support them to get jobs.
This program is planned to be rolled out throughout Japan in collaboration with municipalities and companies, and the initial collaboration will be
implemented in Okinawa Prefecture.

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the number of workers who are in their employment contract but have not worked for a certain period due to illness or absence, increased sharply up to 4.2 million. The number of workers also declined with the spread of COVID-19 and the stagnation of social/economic activities under the Emergency Declaration in April 2020. In particular, the number of part-time workers has declined significantly. This trend is more apparent among women than among men and it has continued until now. One of the reasons for this issue is that the traditional industrial characteristics that hotel, restaurant and lifestyle-related services industries were significantly affected by COVID-19, most of which has occupied with part-time female workers.

This program targets at women in such circumstances. By training them to be SAP-skilled human resources (such as IT engineers and system engineers, consultant who are engaged in introduction projects of SAP products) that are in urgent need, they will improve targeted women’s skills and offer new employment opportunities. In this way, they will connect as many women as possible with companies, create employment opportunities, secure SAP human resources, and, in the end, contribute to solving the employment issues for women.

In Okinawa Prefecture, the shares of “tertiary industries” including tourism is so high that fewer occupations in Okinawa allows people to work remotely and flexibly. Therefore, by developing this program, we will contribute to developing human resources and creating jobs for regional revitalization, and realizing a society where more people can choose their working styles among various options.

This program covers from the development of SAP-skilled women to the creation of jobs and human resource management.

<Supporting Human Resource Development>
With the curriculum at Hinshitsu University that SHIFT provides  (a education-specialized institution on software), which provides support for the development of human resources with high-quality software test skills and management skills, MAIA, which has so far developed many female digital human resources, will develop and train women as SAP testers. This initiatives is even applicable to IT beginners.

<Job Creation>
ABeam Consulting recruits people who will work in the introduction project of SAP S/4HANA®, which is an urgent issue among the DX areas that companies promote. ABeam Consulting will assign the recruited SAP-skilled women with a work-sharing system, with consideration for the work constraints on them. In the projects, they will implement quality and delivery management with the technology in software quality management patented by SHIFT.

<Management of SAP-skilled women>
MAIA provides career consulting for trained women and manages community development and assignments. By getting MAIA involved in projects as middle management, they propose the best work style that is suited to each life style.

SAP Japan will utilize the technologies and knowledge it has cultivated over many years to provide comprehensive support, from training to the job creation. ABeam Consulting supports to realize corporate transformation with decades of strong partnerships with SAP and advanced efforts in the latest technologies. With rich experiences and knowledge in business support utilizing SAP, ABeam Consulting will realize the provision of more work opportunities.

In this program, four companies that all agreed to create an environment in which women can thrive have taken away the boundaries around them and take actions to develop recurrent education for outstanding women and support the trained women, utilizing experiences accumulated up until now. Aiming to help secure SAP personnel that is in shortage and solve the issues female employment, in the first year, they will develop this program targeting to develop 1,000 SAP-skilled femal human resources.