Unemployed young people in Frances Baard have started with a cell phone technician course in an attempt to provide sustainable skills to Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s). The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDaT), the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA), Ikamva National eSkills Institute (iNeSI) and the Vaal University of Technology teamed up to provide this important skill that will run from 1 -18 April 2019.
According to the DEDaT the skills program is aimed unemployed youth from disadvantaged families who are affected by Socio Economic issues. The participants were identified through the 100 families project and the Balelapa project. As Cell Phone Repair Technicians the youth would stand a better chance at employment or becoming business owners. The Human Capital Learning Solutions (HCLS) which is accredited to provide business skills will provide this important aspect of the programme through the Northern Cape SMME Trust in Kimberley.
The DEDaT stated that, one the strategic objectives is, to develop a knowledge society, through innovation, that enhances inclusive economic growth by 2020. The department has recognised cell phone repair training as an entry for tech-entrepreneurs and SMME’s to the mainstream digital economy and the mobile communications market. This is in support of the gazetted ICT SMME Strategy of the Department of Post and Telecommunications Services.
The Department believes that this intervention will attempt to make a dent in the high unemployment rate in the province. By assisting aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in the used phone market, the outcome of the intervention will address the staggering unemployment rate in the Northern Cape. This Cell Phone repair training, highlights DEDaT’s seriousness of improving skills and knowledge across the province.
“This initiative serves as an opportunity for the unemployed youth of Frances Baard to be equipped with the ICT skills, to repair cell phones in order for us to become Tech-entrepreneurs in the future”, said Matshidisho Pitso, one of the trainees. Mr Girruite from DEDaT said, “for the Department to invest in these training initiatives is to achieve our strategic object of developing a knowledge society, through innovation, that enhances inclusive economic growth aimed at stimulating and developing more ICT Entrepreneurship in the province”.