In a bid to help address skills development and job creation within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, Vodacom together with its partners Independent Development Trust (IDT) and Cisco has embarked on a drive to help empower unemployed youth with ICT skills training.
On 6 November, Vodacom and its partners launched a youth development project at its head office in Midrand. The partnership aims to train unemployed youth in ICT skills and to further develop them into ICT entrepreneurs.
The ICT skills training seeks to equip the youth with relevant skills to assist with the installation of IT equipment as well as provide instruction in high-end computer skills to the youth and members of the community visiting the centres.
Vodacom has already trained and developed 18 ICT instructors from the nine provinces. These 18 instructors will now further train up to 15 unemployed youth each, bringing the total to 135 youth who will receive training in ICT skills.
As part of the skills training the youth will receive training in A+, N+ and 3G connectivity. This programme will also be provided for a period of six months.
Vodacom Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee says: "This is Vodacom's contribution towards the creation of skills development and job creation opportunities for unemployed youth. It is premised on the concept that the more skilled the youth are the greater their opportunity for employment.
"Besides our core business, we are also committed to doing what we can to stimulate skills development and job creation within the ICT sector. Through the ICT skills training, we are now able to fulfil this commitment and also play an active role in the creation of job opportunities for young people."
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the IDT, Dr Stanley Bhebhe, reiterated the spirit of the partnership.
He stressed: "The IDT is proud to be part of a partnership that resonates with its strategic focus on youth. The partnership with Vodacom lays a strong foundation for building long lasting competencies of young people so that that they may make meaningful contribution to the economy of South Africa. Furthermore, the young people will become torchbearers and role-models in their communities. We saw a need in this country and we partnered with Vodacom with the belief that the partnership will go a long way in equipping young people with ICT skills and making them critical role players in the economy."
In terms of this partnership, Vodacom will pay for the training, IDT will pay the stipend for the training and Cisco is responsible for the training of the instructors.
Once trained, the youth will also be able to support the network of schools connected via the Vodacom Mobile Education programme as well as engage in reselling of Vodacom products and the developing of mobile applications or mobile apps.
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