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Youth skills development 4 croppedStudents from the 2013 Youth Skills Development Programme 1 July 2014 - Vodacom and partners are happy to announce 135 young people will be recruited to participate in this year's Youth Skills Development Programme. This Programme stimulates skills development, entrepreneurship and job creation within the local ICT sector and includes the IT Essentials course and a business skills training.

The Programme is run by Vodacom with partners Department of Basic Education (DBE), Cisco, Microsoft, the Independent Development Trust (IDT), the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Liberty.


Building local IT entrepreneurs

The Programme will be run in 9 of the Vodacom ICT Resource Centres as listed below. In each Centre, qualified instructors will offer the Cisco IT Essentials course. This course offers the foundations to become an IT professional and covers both hardware and software. Students will also do hands-on skills training, so that they acquire not only the theoretical knowledge needed, but also the practical skills to be a successful IT technician.

In addition students will be offered a business skills training and assistance in starting their own companies. The mentorship part of the Programme is aimed at supporting the youth to develop and unlock the local ICT market and create opportunities to become successful leaders in their communities.


Accredited instructors

Youth skills development Ganyesa in actionTraining in action, Ganyesa, North WestThe Cisco accredited instructors, two at each Centre, have received training in A+, N+ and 3G connectivity and are taught business skills. In addition to providing training they also support the network of schools connected via the Vodacom Mobile Education programme, develop mobile applications, and resell Vodacom products.

During its first year of operation in 2013/2014, these instructors have proven to be a valuable addition to the ICT Resource Centres and together they trained153 learners to become Cisco certified Level 1 IT technicians.


When and where

The Skills Programme will run from 1 August 2014 until 31 July 2015. Upon completion of the full programme the students will receive attendance certificates.

Each of the following 9 ICT Resource Centres will place 15 students in this year's Programme:


Selection criteria

Youth Skills development 3Do you meet the requirements for this training room in Worcester?The recruit and selection of the new cohort of students will follow the MICT Seta approved entry requirements and aims to ensure that 85% are Africans, 15% Whites, 54% are Females and 4% are disabled.

Applicants for the course should:

  • be from or living within the district of the 9 identified ICT Resource Centres.
  • be between age 18 – 24 with the following requirements
  • be between the ages of 18 – 24 with
  • have a Matric Certificate including English, Maths and Physical Science.

Applications should be sent to the relevant ICT Resource Centre and should be in by 11 July 2014. For further information please contact the Centre in your district or write to the Digital Classroom


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