Microsoft SA to train one million citizens of Johannesburg on digital skills

Microsoft South Africa has come to a partnership with the City of Johannesburg to train one million residents free, on digital skills and literacy over a period of five years.

The initiative which is termed #JoziMS1million was announced on Tuesday by the City’s Mayor Parks Tau in Johannesburg, saying registration commences early in August and the curriculum is expected to begin in September. 

He said that 800,000 of the one million to benefit from the programme will be youth between 18 and 34 years of age, and the rest will be those above 35 but still need to access the job market at entry level.

The curriculum will cover five key topics including Computer Skills; The Internet, Cloud Services and the World Wide Web; Productivity Programmes (Microsoft Office); Computer Security and Privacy, and Digital Lifestyles.

The programme will be using the Vulindlele Jozi portal to register the 800,000 youth while those above age 35 will go to the centres provided by the city for registrations.

“The partnership was motivated by the realisation that youth would need digital skills to break barriers to entry into the job market. This is a result of continuous engagements that the city has been conducting with various private sector companies” said the Mayor.

The Mayor also said reports show that by 2012, 50% of the already existing jobs required basic digital skills, and this trend is expected to increase to 77% by 2022.

“Microsoft has invested about R200 million in the programme, as the initiative is a product of an engagement that the city had with Microsoft in the last three months, to see what is it that they can merge for the benefit of residents and to grow the economy” said Microsoft SA’s Managing Director Zoaib Hoosen.

Source: SANews | Image Credit: MicrosoftSA via Twitter

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