The Department of e-Government on Wednesday 13 October 2021, awarded certificates to 30 young people in Mondeor south of Johannesburg, after successfully completing the ICT Skills Development Programme.
The ICT Skills Development Programme is an initiative hosted under the Gauteng Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence is an innovation centre that has been established by the Gauteng Provincial Government in partnership with Microsoft SA to contribute towards township development.
The centre targets mostly young people and those with SMMEs, to equip them with various digital skills while also mitigating the shortage of skills in the ICT sector.
The program has been covering various skills such as 5G Knowledge, Cloud Service Development, Big Data etc. Furthermore, it provides learners with an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and the functioning of advanced robotics to ensure they are empowered with the necessary skills to help them develop better in the ever changing Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Explaining the purpose behind the programme, MEC for Finance and e-Government Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, said one of the main reasons for the establishment of this programme is the rapid development of modern ICT over the past few years with many organisations opting for the use of new ICT-based applications to improve their services.
“It is for this reason that we, in partnership with institutions of higher learning and ICT partners, took an initiative to upskill young people across the province by equipping them with skills that cater for new opportunities. We this will assist us in creating a more inclusive digital economy which will contribute to increased job creation,” said the MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko.
In this financial year 2021, about 15 000 young people have been trained so far, through physical and online trainings such as webinars.
Ayanda Mkhwanazi from Gain Learning, an implementing partner, assured the learners that there will be further training conducted in order to open doors for more opportunities.
“We will be implementing further training for our students where they will receive accreditation with the different Sector Education and Training Authorities which will enable us to place the students with different corporates,” said Mkhwanazi.
Claudia Rezant one of the students from the Mondeor group said she was grateful for the opportunity to participate in this programme as she stated that she was empowered and motivated to do more.
“I learned a variety of skills including conflict management and communications skills that I feel I can use in any career I choose to venture into going forward. I am looking forward to more training opportunities that will help me, and my peers advance ourselves whether in our careers or our business ventures,” she said.
This training covered various ICT skills such as project management, conflict management and effective communication skills.