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16 October 2013 - In a number of ICT Resource Centres around the country the youth instructors from the Youth Skills Development Programme are taking their knowledge forward and have begun providing instruction in high-end computer skills to local youth. The Youth Skills Development Programme stimulates skills development and job creation within the local ICT sector and is run by Vodacom with partners BlackBerry, Cisco, the Independent Development Trust and the National Youth Development Agency.

The instructors have received training in A+, N+ and 3G connectivity and are taught business skills. They are then prepared to support the network of schools connected via the Vodacom Mobile Education programme, develop mobile applications, and resell Vodacom products.

This week, the first groups of local youth have begun the Cisco IT Essentials course managed and presented by the Youth Development instructors in North West, KZN and the Western Cape.

North West, Ganyesa
In Ganyesa the group of unemployed youth comes from villages in the Kagisano Molopo municipality and was selected for the learnership programme earlier this year.

Youth Skills Development group in Ganyesa

Youth skills development Ganyesa in action

KZN, Umbilo

Youth skills team 1

Youth skills team 2

Western Cape, Worcester
The Worcester students could not wait to do the practicals, their first chance ever to disassemble a desktop computer.

Youth Development October 1

Youth Skills development 3