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Microsoft to partner with PSETA and Afrika Tikkun to train over 20,000 people in digital skills

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Microsoft South Africa has entered a partnership with Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) and Afrika Tikkun purposefully to extend the Global Skilling Initiative launched last in 2020 last year to provide 20,000 young people with digital skills.

The idea is to build South Africa’s digital skill capabilities across while improving their employability in the ICT sector by providing a physical footprint and infrastructure for young people to access the right digital skills training.

The partnership between the private and public sectors will utilize the individual and collective capabilities of each partner, while providing access to training. Afrika Tikkun, will host and facilitate the portal where the young can carry out a registration and undergo an assessment on identifying the learning paths.

PSETA will directly support learners who are unemployed and give them access to such opportunities while promoting these initiatives through its networks. Partnerships will be leveraged with most public sector entities, particularly when opening up access to computer labs, libraries, Technical and Vocational Education, community halls, and Training (TVET) colleges.

Thulani Tshefuta, the Chairperson at PSETA Accounting Authority mentioned that young people will be unable to enter the labor market or discover opportunities for training or further education.

Bontle Lerumo, the Chief Executive Officer at PSETA has forged meaningful collaborations that empower South Africa’s youth with the skills needed to effectively navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Strategic partnerships entered into with non-profits such as Afrika Tikkun also took part in the initiative. October last year, Microsoft South Africa gave an R2.5 million grant to a youth development NPO, which empowers underserved South African communities with skills development and worker-readiness programmes.

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