Partnership to equip 5,000 unemployed young people with digital skills in South Africa
The Digital Skills Partnership was launched in South Africa in October 2018 to connect youth excluded from the economy with digital and tech jobs.
The founding organisations include Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi), Explore Data Science Academy, WeThinkCode_, Tshimologong Precinct Digital Skills Academy and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at WITS University. The partnership is expected to expand with additional members from technology companies, government agencies, and skills providers.
The partnership will train 5,000 young people for digital jobs that include junior coders, data analysts, junior data scientists and software developers, and will create new jobs and develop inclusive hiring pathways.
Ian Merrington, Chief Executive of CiTi, said that: “The future of the global economy is a digital one. For South African businesses to play their role and to participate meaningfully will require a change in emphasis to a more digitally literate and equipped workforce… We believe that together we can make an exponential difference to supporting and assisting business fill their digital talent pipeline.”