CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said it has invested R6.5 million into the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CiTi), for skills development programmes to train 100 young people from previously disadvantaged areas across the city.
The city's mayoral committee member for economic opportunities, James Vos, said the areas include Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Macassar, Strandfontein, Hanover Park, Milnerton, Philippi, Retreat, and Mfuleni. He said the city has been supporting these specific skills development programmes to the tune of over R21 million between 2012/13 to December 2018.
“CiTi uses the funding to train young people with tech skills to support the rapidly growing sector in Cape Town. Through the City of Cape Town funding, CiTi has trained 1,719 people and placed just over 400 people in jobs. The majority of these beneficiaries were young people,” Vos said, adding that the training programme for these 100 students was structured in such a manner that it introduced the young people to entry-level information communication and technology infrastructure, and fundamental data analytics skills.
The technical training component is offered for a period of six months, followed by the completion of a six-month stint as interns on work-related training placements. Between July 2018 and February 2019, 420 young people have been trained through this programme, according to Vos.
“The trained candidates were placed in internships following their training. I would also like to personally encourage private companies and potential employers to get involved by hosting unemployed individuals for workplace experience opportunities too,” he said.