Adept IT and UWC partner to lift SA youth from the clutches of joblessness
In an effort to reduce youth unemployment, Adept has partnered with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to support six unemployed youth through a first of its kind Blended Learnership programme.
The six unemployed youth, including two who have disabilities, will be put on a 12-month IT Technical Support NQF Level 4 Learnership.
According to Richard Rayne, chief executive of iLearn, empowering youth through on-the-job learning and development is one way of moving young people to the centre of the country’s economic
Rayne said although addressing unemployment is complex, it starts with upskilling young people through vocational training programmes.
“As the country has been observing Youth Month this month, it pains me that millions of young folk remain unemployed 24 years into democracy.
“Considering the alarming levels of unemployment, we need to work night and day to lift our youth from the clutches of joblessness, and the only way we can do this is by training them in areas where it’s most needed,” said Rayne.
The Blended Learnership, hosted in partnership with the University of the Western Cape (UWC), aims to create an appropriately trained recruitment pool of potential employees in the industry.
Paola van Eeden, Adept’s HR manager, said the business was thrilled with the partnership and the positive effect the Learnership would have on learners’ lives.
This Learnership provides South Africans with the opportunity to gain both a local SAQA qualification as well as an international certification, explains Rayne. The Blended Learning approach takes advantage of both digital learning and the tried-and-tested benefits of instructor-led learning,” adds Rayne.
Nikelwa Dasoyi, a pupil, said the programme had changed her life forever: “I am a step closer to realising my dream of working in IT. I am excited to further my education, which empowers people on both an academic and personal level. Through it we truly can conquer mountains.”