According to statistics released by the United Nations, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labour market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions.
This is why education and training are the key to success, especially in countries such as South Africa, where the unemployment figures are so high. In a bid to help address skills development and job creation within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, Vodacom, together with its partners the Independent Development Trust (IDT), MICT SETA, the Department of Basic Education and Cisco, has embarked on a drive to help empower unemployed youth with ICT skills training.
The ICT skills training seeks to equip the unemployed youth with relevant ICT skills so that they can become employable and entrepreneurial.
Vodacom has already trained and developed 20 CISCO-accredited instructors from nine provinces. These 20 instructors further train up to 30 unemployed youth each, bringing the total to over 900 unemployed youth who received training in ICT skills.
In the education space, Vodacom, through the Vodacom Foundation, has the Mobile Education Programme. The strategic objective of the programme is to ensure that we utilise our existing technology platform to:
- Provide quality relevant,
digital education content:
We have zero-rated educational sites including Vodacom e-school, Digital
Classroom, Mindset, Department of Basic Education, Siyavula.
- Build necessary skills and
training for a digital environment: We facilitate continuous Training at the Teacher
Centres for teachers, learners, unemployed youth and department officials. We
have trained over 100 000 teachers and over 900 unemployed youth in ICT
- Increase ICT penetration in the
education sector: We have equipped 92 teacher centres and
- Promote reading and learning through the use of ICT: We have e-readers at the some of the teacher centres to promote reading and learning.
Find out more
Read about the incredible work the Vodacom Foundation is doing on the Vodacom website.