By Onome Amuge
The African Management Institute (AMI) has announced the launch of AMI Enterprise, a new division committed to boosting workplace and professional skills for growth-stage and established companies.
The new division, according to a statement issued by the Institute, leverages AMI’s long-standing position in the continent’s training sector and its Africa-focused approach, proven to drive performance among leaders, managers, and Africa’s growing workforce.
Following this, AMI’s Enterprise clients can select from AMI’s four-six month flagship leadership, management and workforce performance programmes, shorter one-two month focused professional power skills programmes, and AMI’s Enterprise Academy solution which provides virtual, on-demand and localised blended learning for hundreds of participants.
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AMI also develops bespoke learning programmes rooted in AMI methodology and leveraging its proprietary online learning platform, which includes over 3,000 downloadable tools, over 80 online courses and content in five languages. The learning programmes incorporate African-contextualized content and case studies based on African businesses and management experiences.
In another development, the Institute announced the appointment of Kenya’s Asha Mweru as managing director of AMI Enterprise, having been promoted from her role as AMI’s director of operations and talent, where she oversaw a 118-percent growth of AMI employees from 2020 to 2022.
Mweru is expected to lead an AMI Enterprise division across the continent, including sales and learning delivery team members in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, and Nigeria. AMI Enterprise will also compliment AMI Impact, the company’s other internal division which works alongside development partners to deliver large-scale learning and business growth programmes to support the entrepreneurial economy.
Speaking after her recent appointment, Mweru noted that AMI’s team not only prepares the next generation of African leaders and workforce, but is also part of the next generation supporting the growth of the continent’s established and emerging businesses.
“It’s time for Africa to do away with the learning methodologies of the past, not rooted in our own experiences. As an African learning company and a pioneer in this space, we’re excited to expand our enterprise offerings to reach even more professionals and accelerate the pace at which companies working in Africa’s business ecosystem can achieve their goals and put Africa at the center for the global economy,” she said.
Rebecca Harrison, AMI’s CEO and co-founder, disclosed that the business learning company was founded nearly a decade ago with a vision for enabling Africa’s ambitious enterprises to thrive through practical management tools and training.
Harrison noted that AMI has worked with hundreds of businesses and organisations to support entrepreneurs and managers build and grow their businesses across Africa including Uber, Stanford Seed, MKOPA, Nestle, Radisson Blu, RwandAir, Mastercard Foundation, USAID, Shell Foundation and Equity Bank.
According to her, the recent establishment of AMI Enterprise as a core division will further enable AMI to scale up its support for various companies as they grow to be a force in the global economy.
“There’s no one more qualified than Asha Mweru Mbowa to lead AMI Enterprise as we respond to the rapid growth and demand across Africa for AMI’s corporate and growth-stage business training programmes,” she added.
AMI’s learning approach incorporates virtual and in-person workshops with on-the-job practice and support accompanied by practical online and mobile learning tools. Programmes are delivered by experienced world-class and African-based facilitators.
The Africa-based learning company has trained over 42,000 people in over 39 countries and has offices in Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Johannesburg, with additional presence in Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.