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Curtailing youth unemployment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

December 2019 News

The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and coordinator of Government’s 4IR programme Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, in partnership with MICT SETA, has launched a pilot skills development programme in its commitment to create one million new jobs by 2030.

President Ramaphosa has appointed the 4IR commission to address, amongst other things, the skills gaps to future proof SA’s economy and reduce youth unemployment, a challenge partly due to technological disruption and structural inequalities.

The pilot phase of the project aims to train and equip 1000 unemployed youth with the 4IR ICT skills necessary to secure learnerships, employment and ultimately, start new businesses.

The skills development programme has been segmented into seven streams: data science, digital content production, cybersecurity, cloud computing, drone piloting, 3D printing, and software development. The 3D printing and software development streams were recently launched at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Over and above the core technical skills to be acquired, this intake of 259 learners from Gauteng and Mpumalanga will now be exposed to work readiness programmes and entrepreneurship skills.

FIRtech has partnered with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies to deliver parts of the overall 4IR Skills Programme. With decades of experience, the company offers a unique blend of expertise that can help shape and implement all facets of a 4IR strategy. Other partners to the programme include UJ, Boston City Campus and Microsoft South Africa.

“The fourth industrial revolution has changed the way we work and interact with each other,” said FIRtech CEO, Ugan Maistry. “The soft skills of working with teams and service orientation are critical success factors and we plan to impart these skills during our work readiness programmes. These programmes have the potential to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of unemployed youth by leveraging the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

For more information contact Fanie Botha, FIRtech, +27 82 451 5593, fanie@firtech.co.za, www.firtech.co.za




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