BANKSETA in partnership with Masithuthuke Holdings invites applicants and unemployed IT graduates in the Western Cape to participate and apply for the 2019 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) work readiness programme. The programme is designed to address ICT skills shortages and prepare unemployed graduates for a career in the banking and micro finance sector.In September 2018, a young and aspiring businessman from Gugulethu, Liyanda Handula, who is now based in Gauteng and is the chairperson of Masithuthuke, pledged R50, 000 to kick-start a bursary fund for the Class of 2018 Matriculants as part of the Gugulethu 60th anniversary celebrations. The fund will ensure that previously disadvantaged communities and youth, benefits from this financial support, to chart a path in the journey of their career at any tertiary institution in 2019.Handula is now extending the BANKSETA ICT Work Readiness opportunity to the Western Cape to allow the youth to participate and be empowered to go into the job market with some work experience. “We encourage youth to come and earn while they learn by participating in a 10-month work readiness programme that starts in February 2019,” said Handula. “The duration is 4 months in training for Systems Support and 6 months’ workplace experience linked to the technical skills programme with a monthly stipend of R5, 500.00.” Who should apply? •Applicants that are South African Citizens, who are IT graduates, computer literate and unemployed•Applicants that have successfully completed one of the following qualifications obtained within South Africa MatricBSc Computer ScienceBComm InformaticsNational Diploma Information Systems NQF Level 6 or NQF Level 7National Diploma Information Technology NQF Level 6 or NQF Level 7Masithuthuke Holdings is an accredited training provider and project Management Company with a footprint in the Western Cape, Kwa Zulu-Natal and Gauteng. Visit: www.masithuthukeholdings.co.zaEmail: email@example.com or call Trust Kakaza at 087 701 3422/20.