Information technology multinational IBM has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in South Africa to bridge the digital divide for young South Africans by improving digital literacy and preparing them to actively succeed in the 21st century workplace with essential skills for this disruptive era, IBM said on Nov. 24.
In the face of South Africa’s high youth unemployment rate and as technology transforms jobs, industries and entire economies, IBM and the NYDA will be hosting a series of educational ‘boot camps’ at regional offices. NYDA to digitally empower young people.
The NYDA currently has programs that it believes will be mutually beneficial for both parties.
âThe country has made it its mission to take giant steps towards the advent of the digital economy. As digital skills are essential for future success, partnerships that will help young people take advantage of the opportunities presented are increasingly important.
âThanks to our partnership with the [NYDA], IBM will help prepare our young people for the jobs of tomorrow and help build a workforce with a new generation of skills, âsaid Interim Managing Director of IBM South Africa. Ria pinto.
More than three million young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed.
According to Statistics South Africa, young people aged 15 to 24 and 25 to 34 have the highest unemployment rates of all age groups, at 64.4% and 42.9%, respectively. This highlights the growing need for the public and private sectors to collaborate on education and training that keeps pace with market demands, demographic changes and technological advancements.
âYouth unemployment is a national crisis that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions. Young people hold the key to transforming our economy, spurring growth and fostering creativity and innovation. They are essential for increasing productivity and improving the livelihoods of all South Africans, âsaid the CEO of NYDA. Waseem Carrim.
âThe youth unemployment rate is over 40% according to the most recent statistics. We welcome IBM’s initiative and are proud to be a partner in the program. Estimates indicate a shortage of 60,000 digitally skilled people in the South African economy and this program can be a catalyst for change.
âEffective solutions are being developed through this partnership through access to skills and therefore we need to support and showcase what works in the system, encourage innovation and catalyze changes in the system that will benefit people. tens of thousands of young people over the next decade, âhe adds.
The initiative is one of 170 new academic and industry partnerships in 30 countries that are part of a global plan that IBM unveiled on November 24 to provide 30 million people of all ages with the new skills needed for jobs in tomorrow by 2030. The initiative will leverage IBM’s existing programs and career development platforms to expand access to education and technical roles in demand.
âTalent is everywhere; training opportunities are not. That is why we must take important and bold steps to expand access to digital skills and employment opportunities so that more people, regardless of their background, can benefit from the digital economy â , said the president and CEO of IBM. Arvind krishna.