Tech skills still largely needed

2016-07-07 06:00
 Silulo Ulutho Technologies founder Luvuyo Rani with graduate Nosakhele Gwenene during the graduation ceremony in Khayelitsha.  PHOTO: Manez Sobethwa

Silulo Ulutho Technologies founder Luvuyo Rani with graduate Nosakhele Gwenene during the graduation ceremony in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Manez Sobethwa

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Despite overseeing the graduation of more than 2000 learners over the weekend, the founder of Khayelitsha’s first information technology school believes that it’s a just the tip of the iceberg.

Luvuyo Rani of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, an ITC organisation that offers internet cafes, tech sales and training services in townships in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape Province.

With over 5 000 students a year in 40 outlets Rani believes that the hunger for ITC training is still at its peak.

“The key thing is that people are unable to get jobs because they do not have the necessary skills that are needed in the work place. Here, we provide the skills they need to be competitive in the work space, and this is just the beginning as there is more to computers than just end user computing,” said Rani.

Silulo as it is generally known in the townships offers courses in office administration, PC technical support, graphics design, video editing and Web design.

Rani said that there are a few developments the company will introduce in terms of the skills training, even though he admitted that basic pc training and office admin are the most sought after courses.

Last year Silulo tried to introduce web development classes but a low interest led to its scrapping.

“The majority of our students want to learn how to use computers and train to be office administrators and there is very little interest in coding or web development. Which is a shame really, there seems to be more education around technology in our communities. In other countries people are more advanced in ITC while we still at the level of teaching the basics,” he said.

He noted that this weekend’s graduation was particularly touching for him as two of the graduates were mature ladies in their late 50’s.

“It is heart warming to see them hungry to gain the skills and doing well enough to complete the course. Young people generally have the advantage because they are already on social media and they have smart phones,” he said.

One of the graduates, Nosakhele Gwenene, 58, who is a teacher from Harare said that her recently obtain here office administration said that her newly acquired skills will help her run her business.

“I run a shop from my house and I have learnt a lot of things that I needed. I can now be able to use the computer to store information about my business,” she said.

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