Junior Achievement South Africa (JA South Africa) is thrilled to announce a partnership with Google.org aimed at equipping young South Africans with essential skills for the evolving job landscape. The collaboration entails generous sponsorship from Google.org, facilitating scholarships, instructional support, and comprehensive assistance for aspiring individuals. Through the Google.org funded Jobs and Skills Programme, young South Africans will have access to invaluable resources that bridge the gap between traditional education and the demands of the modern workforce.
“This partnership is significant in fostering economic empowerment among African youth while addressing the disparity between classroom learning and practical job requirements,” says Bernadette Bule, Marketing and Communications Manager at JA South Africa.
According to the initiative’s implementation, JA South Africa will play a pivotal role in alleviating the shortage of critical IT skills in South Africa. With its third year underway, the grant has already successfully upskilled over 1000 young South Africans, enabling them to embrace opportunities in the ever-expanding IT sector.
Phetogo Noge, a 2022 program graduate hailing from North West, expressed her enthusiasm about the program. She found the experience enlightening, particularly valuing the session on IT Security and Defense. This particular module provided her with insights into the prevailing security threats within the IT domain.
The grant’s impact will extend to 800 youth from various regions including Gauteng, Western Cape, Northwest, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Limpopo. These beneficiaries will undergo comprehensive IT support, designed to arm them with the skills essential for success in the professional realm. Upon program completion, participants will be awarded the prestigious Google IT certificate, validating their knowledge in IT protocols, cloud computing, Windows operating systems, and other industry-relevant competencies. This initiative serves as a pivotal stepping stone for South African youth, enhancing their employability and addressing the country’s IT skills gap.
Young individuals aged 18 to 35, eager to seize this transformative opportunity, can register here.
Junior Achievement South Africa envisions a future where young individuals possess the practical entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, and work readiness mindset required to foster prosperous communities. By empowering the youth with these essential skills, JA South Africa is transforming lives and contributing to a brighter future.
About Junior Achievement South Africa As a distinguished member of JA Worldwide, Junior Achievement South Africa stands as one of the nation’s most influential youth-focused NGOs. Established in 1979, JA South Africa spans all nine provinces and has positively impacted over 600,000 young individuals. With a commitment to entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy, JA South Africa is at the forefront of preparing youth for the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. To learn more, visit www.jasa.org.za.
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