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Huawei’s youth skills program hailed for creating jobs and building workforce for future economy

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Huawei Southern Africa President Leo Chen

Huawei South Africa celebrated the success of its first beneficiaries of the Youth Upskilling program at an event where the ICT company was praised for taking a results and needs-based approach in providing young graduates with the skills required in the sector and matching them with employment opportunities.

Approval came from companies, universities and government at an event to mark the initiative and hand out certificates to the first group of 12 graduates for completing their theoretical training. The program aims to bridge the gap between academic learning and practical workplace skills in ICT disciplines and to prepare young graduates for in-demand positions in the telecommunications industry, such as maintenance engineers. in the field, electrical engineers and riggers.

The event brought together the South African Minister of Employment and Labor, Thulas Nxesi, representatives from academia, the Authority for Education and Training of the Information and Communication Technology Sector (MICT SETA) and Huawei’s subcontractor partners.

“Huawei’s vision and approach to training is perfectly aligned with that of the South African government when it comes to vocational training. We can see that Huawei is actively implementing this vision for the benefit of South African youth – as well as the economy in general. “

Minister Nxesi stressed that the government will now focus on promoting vocational training guided by the demands of the labor market. “This means aligning training with the future of technology and the future world of work, as well as linking training to the provision of employment opportunities in these specific skills. “

The global ICT company, which already has a strong ecosystem of ICT talent aimed at preparing South Africa for a fully inclusive digital economy, has partnered with its contractors for this program, in which it will train up to 150 young people, whose subcontracting partners hope to absorb 100 successful candidates. Most of the graduates will come from TVET colleges.

“The investment we have made in the development of ICT skills in South Africa aims to improve the supply of ICT skills in the country in order to create a healthy and sustainable ecosystem where everyone can benefit,” he said. said Leo Chen, president of Huawei Southern Africa.

“We need a tiered approach to digital skills to fully reap the benefits of a digital economy. First, we need digital leadership to define policies and guide the digital transformation, a retrained and skilled workforce, young people who pursue relevant studies related to ICT, and finally, we need ‘a digitally literate population,’ Chen said.

The development program is structured in two phases. First, trainees complete a 10-day theory course in Wireless / TX Training which includes content on environmental health and safety, standard operating procedures, site energy maintenance, and practice and operation. training of operating web services tools. Then the interns will undertake a one-month internship during which they will gain hands-on experience working in the field. Once these two phases are completed, exceptional students will be selected and offered employment contracts by Huawei’s subcontracting partners.

Speaking at the ceremony after receiving his certificate for completing the program, the Bright Leso graduate reflected grimly on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment in South Africa.

“In 2020 and 2021 we have seen businesses shut down and employees lose their jobs, as young people we have also felt the impact of the current global pandemic. We thank Huawei, which remains committed to providing young people with empowerment and professional skills in a struggling economy. We feel obligated to do well and succeed in sowing success in our communities and this training we have received has the potential to open doors for us in the telecommunications industry.

Concluding the program, Minister Nxesi thanked Huawei for its contribution to the vocational training of young South Africans and encouraged the trainees. “You are at an important point in your career path, your future success is in your hands, it requires hard work, diligence and commitment, and I wish you well. “

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