South African organizations are called upon to offer internship opportunities to young ICT students
The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative’s (CiTi) Tech Career Accelerator called for local organizations from Cape Town to offer graduate internship opportunities that enable students to improve their ICT skills. CiTi has trained 1,889 young South Africans for the tech sector, and is currently seeking opportunities for 380 students that graduated from the 2018 cohort.
While ICT skills are certainly a requirement for improving youth employment opportunities worldwide, technology sector organizations usually want to hire employees with previous employment experience. This sometimes represents a significant barrier for new entrants to the field. Based on this premise, the startup is “calling on South African businesses to commit to developing the country’s pipeline of talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain some real workplace experience, so that they can confidently land a job in the sector.”
CapaCiTi ICT skills development programmes provide students with 9 to 12 months of training in topics such as ICT infrastructure, programming, cyber security, fintech, or artificial intelligence. The organization is currently supporting youth from Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Woodstock and Khayelitsha.
Source: IT Web