Afrika Tikkun hosted its first Information Communication Technology (ICT) Academy launch in order to tackle South Africa’s skills shortage.
“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,” said Marc Lubner, Afrika Tikkun Chief Executive Officer.
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.
“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 ICT sector, but more over 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,” said Onyi Nwaneri, Afrika Tikkun Group Executive of Partnerships and Marketing.
“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,” concludes Tebogo Moleta, Think Tank Managing Director.