The City of Johannesburg has kick-started a programme to train young digital and information technology enthusiasts.
Partnering with FiberCo, Microsoft, Cisco, Technology Innovation Agency and Nunnovation Africa Foundation, City of Johannesburg Educate Digital Interns programme (COJEDI) will train 1000 of the City’s brightest young information technology (IT) minds in a 10-month IT course.
The first batch of students are currently undergoing a four-month technical training programme, which is set to contribute to youth employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.
City of Johannesburg Educate Digital Interns is part of the foundation phase of developing the Johannesburg smart city plan. The programme is focused on driving innovation & entrepreneurship through critical thinking, preparing students for employment and empowering them to significantly participate in the mainstream of the ICT sector.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Parks Tau said: “This programme will go a long way in improving IT skills and expertise in Johannesburg. It provides a superb opportunity for some of our brightest minds to learn the skills they will need to be more employable in future.”
According to Zolani Matebese, the head of broadband at the City of Johannesburg, the City’s investment is significant not only in terms of financial outlay, but that it has significant potential to transform the lives of the interns and people in the city.