On Friday, 20 July 2018 Afrika Tikkun hosted its first Information Communication Technology (ICT) Academy launch in partnership with Think Tank under the theme ‘let’s tackle the ICT skills shortage’.
The launch event was opened by Group Executive of Partnerships and Marketing, Onyi Nwaneri and Think Tank Managing Director, Tebogo Moleta. Also speaking at the event was Cisco’s Soso Motloung on the role of women in IT, and Fortinet’s Peta-Lee Wainer, who addressed youth on how to develop a career in Network Security Engineering.
Marc Lubner, CEO of Afrika Tikkun, commenting on the launch, said: “The ICT Academy is vital if youth are to be employable in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Navigating the net and being able to utilise information technology is as critical as maths and science in today’s world and Afrika Tikkun is committed to providing youth with these employable skills. It’s all part of our holistic development program.”
The ICT Academy launch was intended to be a dialogue between delegates from the IT/ ICT, financial services and network engineering sectors with additional 2018 Afrika Tikkun ICT Academy candidates, representatives from the public sector, NGOs and the corporate sector. Attendants took the opportunity to review the failures, challenges and successes of combatting the skills shortage in the ICT industry and the social and financial determinants impacting the sector, including a discussion on suitable industry aligned skills sets and standards in light of the approaching Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In addition, an exchange took place around the availability of adequate and affordable learning centres, and the effective partnership of Afrika Tikkun and Think Tank with regard to the supply of vendor-specific programs to ensure that these and other opportunities are correctly pursued.
Afrika Tikkun’s Nwaneri added: “This is the start of great things for Afrika Tikkun in partnership with Think Tank. We are moving in the right direction to get young people ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by training them for jobs that we know they will get when they have graduated. With the rapid evolution of technology in terms of information, communications and artificial intelligence it is imperative that our young people are given as much opportunity as possible to learn and prepare for changing professions and job specifications in the years to come. Afrika Tikkun and Think Tank are committed to working together to better understand and service the ICT sector with a view to looking out for the economic well-being of South Africa’s IT/ ICT sector, but moreover to prepare our kids for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to cultivate a future that works for us all. We thank all our partners present, including ThinkTank, Cisco, Internet Solutions and Fortinet.”
Think Tank’s Moleta concluded: “We are creating a generation of Network Security Engineers on the pulse of technology. They are the next generation of leaders and managers in IT. Today marks the beginning of a new journey towards great things.”
Edited by Daniëlle Kruger
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