Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ICT program to benefit unemployed youth

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 October 2009


The Department of Communications has officially launched an e-Cadre Program which offers Information Communication Technology skills to unemployed youth from rural areas.

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda said through the program, thousands of youth will be recruited to provide technical support in respective service deployment areas such as clinics and police stations where they can assist communities to access government services through the use of ICTs.

Nyanda said the e-Cadre Program aims to address the shortage of skilled personnel to respond to ICT needs in South Africa.

The programme, which is a partnership between the department, the National Youth Service and 15 Further Education and Training colleges, has three phases - formal training, service deployment and an exit strategy.

The first phase of the programme was concluded last year with the training of 765 young matriculants in the International Computers Drivers Licence through the 15 FET colleges.

In a media statement Nyanda said his department had already spent about R8 million since the programmes was introduced.

This amount covered the tuition and assessment fees for the training, life orientation module, stipend and travelling and accommodation fees.

The official launch of the e-Cadre Program took place in Rustenburg, North West.

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