Programme for tech minds

2019-03-07 06:02
Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management James Vos and mayor Dan Plato visited the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative in Salt River.

Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management James Vos and mayor Dan Plato visited the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative in Salt River.

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Students at the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative, in Salt River, were graced with the presence of the City of Cape Town’s mayor Dan Plato and Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos, on Wednesday 27 February.

The institution, known to many as CapaCiti, offers free skills-training in information technology to 100 unemployed youth and is funded by the City.

The programme offers help to upskill a segment of unemployed youth who do not have technology or Information Communications and Technology (ICT) experience from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Macassar, Strandfontein, Hanover Park, Milnerton, Philippi, Retreat and Mfuleni.

Plato said he was pleased to see youth being empowered with skills that made them ready for the work environment.

“I applaud the institution for designing learning programmes that address the growing tech skills shortage,” he said.

He further said that these kinds of initiatives form part of the commitment to build opportunities for future generations.

Chief Executive at CapaCiti Fiona Tabraham said they have been partnering with the City for a number of years. She said she was pleased to have gotten funding from the City.

The programmes see students learning various spheres of the tech industry including coding, web development and data analytics among others.

Tabraham said that technology plays a pivotal role in the economy because everything revolves around it.

Former student Xavier Mehl, who went through the web-stack development course and now works as a developer for Amazon South Africa, was thankful to the institution for introducing him to technology.

“Before I joined the programme, I was working as a mechanic, so finding out about CapaCiti was great,” Mehl said.

He said his time at the institution was fun and he learnt a lot.

“We had great tutors, who guided us through tasks and made sure that we understood everything the course entailed.

He said the staff did not put pressure on the students and the material was user-friendly.

He said he will forever be grateful because on completion of the course, help was offered for him and his classmates to get employment. “It took me only two weeks to find a job, so I did not really struggle,” Mehl added.

He said these initiatives were important in communities because they restored hope for unemployed youth.

Vos said the ICT sector has been indentified as a priority sector due to its potential to grow and develop the City’s economy and contribute to job creation.

Prospective students are recruited through their website, social media or through youth organisations.

Those who were successful through application, will be invited for a selection test.

There are no fees charged. The institution helps students acquire a loan with the National Treasury, which they will only be required to pay back once they start working permanently.

The programme was established eight years ago to train people for the digital economy.VFor more information contact http://www.citi.org.za/capaciti/

Students at the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative, in Salt River, were graced with the presence of the City of Cape Town’s mayor Dan Plato and Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management James Vos on Wednesday 27 February.

The institution, known to many as CapaCiti, offers free skills-training in information technology to 100 unemployed youth and is funded by the City.

The programme offers help to upskill a segment of unemployed youth who do not have technology or Information Communications and Technology (ICT) experience from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Macassar, Strandfontein, Hanover Park, Milnerton, Philippi, Retreat and Mfuleni.

Plato said he was pleased to see youth being empowered with skills that made them ready for the work environment.

“I applaud the institution for designing learning programmes that address the growing tech skills shortage,” he said.

He further said that these kinds of initiatives form part of the commitment to build opportunities for future generations.

Chief Executive at CapaCiti Fiona Tabraham said they have been partnering with the City for a number of years. She said she was pleased to have gotten funding from the City.

The programmes see students learning various spheres of the tech industry including coding, web development and data analytics among others.

Tabraham said that technology plays a pivotal role in the economy because everything revolves around it.

The programme was established eight years ago to train people for the digital economy. Last year, they got funding from national and city government.VFor more information contact http://www.citi.org.za/capaciti/

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