The Innovation Hub celebrates Coachlab@Vaal graduates

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Nineteen graduates were celebrated yesterday for successfully completing one of South Africa's leading post-graduate leadership and skills development programmes, CoachLab.

One of The Innovation Hub's core mandates is to develop skills and identify unique talent in the young people who are driven, ambitious and willing to contribute to the growth of the economy. Established in collaboration with MICT SETA, the Jobs Fund, North West University and other industry partners, The Innovation Hub celebrated the 19 graduates from its CoachLab@Vaal programme at the Vaal Triangle Campus.

CoachLab is a post-graduate leadership and business skills development programme for ICT and engineering graduates. It is a programme that focuses on bridging the skills gap between tertiary education and the working environment.

Graduates are trained to acquire invaluable skills in business, in dealing with different people and promoting an innovative way of thinking. Graduates in ICT and engineering are required to work on projects, based on real industry challenges with assistance from industry experts, personal coaches and mentors, while studying to obtain their post-graduate degree. Graduates are encouraged to start their own businesses as this is one of the fastest ways to grow our local economy. Industry partners are afforded the opportunity to absorb any graduate into their organisation.

CoachLab@Vaal is a replication of the first successful CoachLab programme established at The Innovation Hub, CoachLab@Hub. There is another node CoachLab@JCSE, which was launched in partnership with the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), currently running at the University of Witwatersrand. All partners are committed to addressing youth unemployment while promoting innovation and skills development.

GGDA

The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), previously known as Blue IQ and GEDA, is a merged entity by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED). GGDA is the implementation arm of the GDED and assists the department in leading, facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in the Gauteng City Region.

The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, a subsidiary of the GGDA, is Africa's first internationally accredited Science Park and is a full member of the International Association of Science Parks. It is strategically located in Tshwane, South Africa's executive capital in the 'smart' province of Gauteng. As the leading knowledge-intensive business cluster in South Africa, The Innovation Hub implements initiatives identified in the Gauteng Innovation Strategy and Green Economy Strategy to advance the economic development and growth of the province through innovation.

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The Innovation HubLinah Nematandani(+27) 12 844 0030lnematandani@theinnovationhub.com
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