DURBAN - A partnership between Ithala and BANKSETA to empower KwaZulu-Natal youth with IT skills and experience has culminated in a graduation ceremony for 75 IT boffins today.
The BANKSETA ICT Work Readiness Programme provides ICT training to participants all over the country and is designed to address the identified ICT skills shortages in the banking and microfinance sector.
The 10-month programme includes four months of in-service training for System Support culminating in an NQF Level 5 certification and 60 credits.
South Africa was ranked 49th out of 63 economies in the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018, marking a drop from the previous year's 47th position in the overall digital ranking. Digital competitiveness was ranked according to three indicators - knowledge, technology and future readiness. According to the report, SA's drop in rankings was influenced by the decline in knowledge and future readiness.
Sihle Gwala, Head of Human Resources at Ithala SOC Limited said: “We support the National Agenda of ‘making every workspace a training space’ It is imperative that we build a pipeline of IT talent to keep pace with a technologically advancing world where these skills are in high demand.”