Huawei South Africa and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) have announced plans to launch free online and on-site training in 5G and 4IR technologies, targeting 6000 learners, who are either postgraduate ICT students or practitioners.
Huawei made the announcement at the joint DCDT annual Seeds for the Future send-off ceremony, which sees ten university students from various institutions across South Africa depart on a study trip to in China.
At last year’s event the global ICT Company and the DCDT (then Dept of Telecommunications and Postal Services) committed to jointly building an ICT Talent Ecosystem to support South Africa’s digital transformation.
Speaking at the Seeds for the Future Send-off DCDT Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams wished the departing ten students well on their travels.
“Through multilateral engagements such as in BRICS, South Africa has resolved to cooperate at various levels including capacity building, skills development and research. The Seeds of the Future programme, which focuses on critical 4IR-related skills, is, therefore, an important opportunity to expose ICT students to Huawei’s world-class research and training facilities in China.”
The Seeds for the Future programme is aimed at bridging the gap between theory and practice and to develop local ICT talent through knowledge transfer and hands-on experience.
Huawei CEO Spawn Fan said that in addition to Huawei’s flagship Seeds for the Future programme the company was finalising its Talent Development Strategy for 4IR-SA to contribute to DCDT Minister Stella Ndabeni Abraham’s goal of training one million ICT talents by 2030.
“We recently launched a free 5G training course at University of Pretoria, WITS and UJ and plan to take that to more institutions. We are now partnering with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies – to deliver a 5G and 4IR online training platform with an accredited certification for 5-thousand ICT students and professionals in South Africa. We aim to train a further 1000 students in our on-site programme.”
Fan added that it was the duty of all ICT players including government, academia and the private sector to ensure that all South Africans benefited from the opportunities that connectivity brings. He explained that supporting skills development was one of Huawei’s key priorities in realising its vision of bringing digital to every individual, home and business to create new opportunities for inclusive growth.
Minister Ndabeni Abrahams concluded, “The department has adopted the theme, “coordinate, collaborate. Execute 4IR” noting that at the heart of the 4IR conversation, is a people-centered response that speaks to jobs, skills and broad economic participation. Accordingly, we have developed initiatives such as the “Building a capable 4IR Army” programme to ensure that our communities, especially the youth, are equipped to take advantage of new digital technologies, unlock future jobs and drive competitiveness.