Gauteng Province and Microsoft launched Thint’iMillion platform to train South African unemployed youth

The government of Gauteng Province in South Africa partnered with Microsoft to launch a new e-learning platform to train unemployed youth. The Thint’iMillion training site is part of Tshepo 1 Million Digital Masslearning program, which intends to offer skills training, job placement and entrepreneurship development opportunities for 1 million youth. The program has already empowered 650,000 youth in partnership with 40 local non-governmental and private organizations.

The platform will provide beneficiaries aged 15-24 with access to learning resources that will help them when applying for jobs. For instance, participants will learn how to use an e-mail or use text editing software including Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Contents are available at Thint’iMillion mobi site and at an interactive Web portal available at public libraries across Johannesburg.

According to Panyaza Lesufiy, Gauteng education MEC, “Skills deficiencies are a big hurdle to youth employment, making initiatives such as these vitally important as effective labor market interventions that will help us improve the employability of South African young people.”

Source: IT Web