Curtailing youth unemployment in 4IR

The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and coordinator of Government’s 4IR programme Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, in partnership with MICT SETA, has launched a pilot skills development programme in its commitment to create one million new jobs by 2030. The pilot phase of the project aims to train and equip 1000 unemployed youth with the 4IR ICT skills necessary to secure learnerships, employment and ultimately, start new businesses. The skills development programme has been segmented into seven streams: data science, digital content production, cyber security, cloud computing, drone piloting, 3D printing and software development. The 3D Printing and Software Development stream was recently launched at the University of Johannesburg. FIRtech has partnered with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies to deliver parts of the overall 4IR Skills Programme. With decades of experience, FIRtech offers a unique blend of expertise that can help shape and implement all facets of a 4IR strategy. Other partners to the programme include the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Boston City Campus, and Microsoft South Africa.

Contact Fanie Botha, FIRtech, Tel 082 451 5593,

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