Digital skills for unemployed youth
There is a high demand for qualified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) practitioners in the South Africa labor market. However, due to the lack of ICT subjects offered at the High School level, there is a big number of young people that are unable to secure jobs and compete with the IT sector. In South Africa, it is reported that there are more than 400 ICT jobs available with no skilled job seekers to occupy those jobs. The education system is a major role-player in making sure that school curricular make it possible for graduates to secure sustainable jobs upon graduating from tertiary institutions. This raises a lot of concern for SayPro youth’s future because with the “Fourth Industrial Revolution and we are not prepared, we may be left behind, It is up to SayPro to take a stand and strive towards the empowerment of SayPro youth to compete with a tech-driven industry. Digital skills for unemployed youth
SayPro has realized that only a small percentage of youth from townships can secure jobs within the ICT sector. SayPro in partnerships with corporate companies developed a coding program to help young people in and out of school access ICT skills with the hope that the youth in schools may pursue IT as a career path and unemployed youth can secure employment opportunities and compete within the ICT sector.
The youth are trained in PC Basics, MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and Outlook. Our computer course is aimed at building knowledge and skills required by SayPro Youth in End User Computing. It is also intended at empowering the youth to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to operate confidently in the End User Computing environment and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment. Our Computer program is structured in a manner that its response to requirements by employers when young people are seeking jobs. Many of SayPro beneficiaries can find jobs upon completing the program.
Eight out of 10 youth that visits SayPro centers daily, select computer training as their first choice, the reason for this is that potential employers consider it. We are happy we were able to reach bigger numbers annually and we do this through the support of SayPro partners utilizing funds and placement of SayPro beneficiaries.
Our second program is System Support (Technical Support) where we covered the following topics in line with what is required when Youth are searching for jobs. (Office Equipment Processes Monitor and Liaise with Maintenance Providers, Safety principles in working with Office Equipment as well as Method of communicating with Service Providers). This program equips with skills to help better function within a professional working environment
Our third program is System Development where youth are provided introductory modules in programming, covering the following modules: Introduction to coding, history of computers, and programming. Introduction to Scratch Intergraded development environment. Opening a new program, saving a program, record project video, and sharing project to the website. Scripts (motion, looks, sounds, data, events, controls, sensing, and operators). Switching costumes & color, switching backdrop (game background), changing object size. Sensing, touching, and Key pressed. Script motion (moving, turning, direction and rotation), Software development, and maintenance.
Upon completion of the ICT programs, SayPro youth can demonstrate the following skills and techniques:
- Create objects, classes, methods, movements, and variables,
- Build games with Green foot and converting their code into executable.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Technology Principles
- Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Programming Principles
- Apply the principles of creating computer software using Java.
- Apply information-gathering techniques for computer system development.
SayPro is changing the lives of young people by providing them with ICT skills to enable them to compete for sustainable job opportunities.