ICT management company Integr8 recently announced that it has invested in the future of South Africa’s ICT sector by making available its new internship program to fifteen young candidates.
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The South African government’s National ICT Plan aims to address the skills shortage that is estimated to be 27%. Most of the demand comes from the specialised sectors such as technology and is where Intrgr8 hopes to ultimately contribute.
This latest move, the company says, highlights its commitment to skills development and reinforces its view that skills is a prerequisite for any credible business wanting to compete.
The company’s internship programme is said to be carefully structured to provide theoretic and practical knowledge and equip candidates with technical skills sets sought-after in the market.
The group of fifteen interns consists of a number of black female and male candidates who stand to benefit from exposure to several client sites and knowledge transfer from Integr8 experts.
Integr8’s internship and mentorship program has grown significantly, and has contributed meaningfully towards the Company’s B-BBEE strategy and its role in empowering previously disadvantaged people.
With the aim of supporting and regulating the ICT environment of South Africa, Integr8 started in 2001 and has secured access to 7 000 highly skilled personnel across the Business Connexion Group.
Bradley Riback, Chief Financial Officer at Integr8, believes the programme adds substantial value by creating a talent pipeline for identified technical skills gaps. “It allows new job entrants the opportunity to earn, learn and grow with a successful, high growth IT company” he says.
“The group will spend six to eight weeks at a client and rotate to ensure maximum exposure to various work environments and the opportunity to acquire as much knowledge as possible” Robert Sussman, joint CEO at Integr8 notes.