Global skills for South African youth

The Story

By empowering SA youth with global skills, and facilitating rural growth via digital learning, T-Systems is powering the digital economy.

When Naledi Mokone completed Grade 12 in the small township of Vosloorus she had no idea what her next step should be. Her ambitious nature had her rearing to continue her studies at university, but lack of funds obstructed her path. Everything seemed set that she would become part of the statistics of unemployed youth in South Africa. That is, until she heard about the learnerships offered by global IT services and consulting company, T-Systems, to join their ICT Academy in Johannesburg. She applied, and was accepted, placing herself on a new trajectory, and a future full of possibility.

The ICT Academy was created by T-Systems in answer to the IT skills gap in South Africa. Empowering young South Africans – especially young women – with good and relevant skills, enables them to contribute to their communities, instead of suffering the humiliation of receiving hand-outs from them. They are provided with the opportunity to further their careers, become part of the digital economy, and to make a difference to their country. Also, the ICT Academy offers an internationally recognised qualification, allowing students to write both national and international exams, further broadening their possibility for achievement.

CEO of T-Systems South Africa, Dineo Molefe, is extremely proud of the fact that more than 85% of the ICT Academy students can successfully be placed in a job. Adding to that the fact that more than 50% of these students are young women, makes it a phenomenal achievement, and actively addresses unemployment in South Africa. Dineo believes that by economically empowering a woman, you’ve done ten times more, as the ripple effect it has is astounding.

T-Systems are also actively devoting their efforts to solving the education and employment challenges in South Africa’s rural areas, by providing a ground-breaking solution. Normally, in an attempt to access education and find employment, rural youth need to leave the areas in which they reside, adding to their financial burden and vulnerability. Through a partnership with the Good Work Foundation, T-Systems created a digital campus in rural Hazyview, where students can gain technical skills without having to leave their homes for urban centres.

In addition, to ensure long-term sustainability, T-Systems set up a service desk in Hazyview, allowing these students to enter the digital economy in the rural space, while at the same time enabling them to live with, and provide for, their families and communities.

Naledi’s story is so similar to that of other young people in South Africa – talent and ambition is frequently hampered by lack of opportunities and funding. However, Dineo believes that the right type of decision-making, along with the right type of leadership will ensure the sustainability of South Africa: “Let’s give young people opportunities to make a difference in their country, and to explore opportunities for themselves, because once opportunities are in your hands, no-one can stop you.”

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T-Systems Allows The Youth To Tap Into The Digital Economy

Through a partnership with the Good Work Foundation, T-Systems created a digital campus in rural Hazyview, where students can gain technical skills without having to leave their homes for urban centres. In addition to providing access to education, this initiative has further enabled the youth to find employment which aids and propels them into financial security.

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Bridging The Gap Between Skill-development & Youth Empowerment

“Let’s give young people opportunities to make a difference in their country, and to explore opportunities for themselves, because once opportunities are in your hands, no-one can stop you,” says Dineo Molefe, CEO of T-Systems South Africa.

T-Systems are also actively devoting their efforts to solving the education and employment challenges in South Africa’s rural areas, by providing a ground-breaking solution.

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Powering A Digital Economy

“Let’s give young people opportunities to make a difference in their country, and to explore opportunities for themselves, because once opportunities are in your hands, no-one can stop you,” says Dineo Molefe, CEO of T-Systems South Africa.

Global Skills For SA Youth

The shortage of IT skills in the South African context has been a great motivator for the inception of T-Systems ICT Academy to provide relevant skills for South African youth. In return, the academy has created a broader impact in terms of youth employment, skills development and youth empowerment.

The Future Is Female

Through the T-Systems ICT Academy, Naledi Mokone has been able to empower herself further through this learnership. The lack of opportunity and funding which had initially obstructed Naledi’s path has since been lifted and she’s determined to make an impact in the IT industry.

Digital Learning for Rural Development

The Hazyview Digital Learning Campus provides a technological skills exchange to its local youth through the T-Systems ICT Academy. With no prior IT background, the students are introduced to IT systems in a fun interactive space that also gives them the tools to further their careers and become part of the digital economy, in their hometown!

Woman In A Digital World

More than 85% of the ICT Academy students can successfully be placed in a job. Adding to that the fact that more than 50% of these students are young women, makes it a phenomenal achievement, and actively addresses unemployment in South Africa. Women in this business often have it harder than their male counterparts, but T-Systems is making an active contribution in minimizing those disparities.