Telkom, govt promote ICT careers
More than 1 000 grade 10 learners this week took part in the annual ICT Careers Expo, a collaborative drive between Telkom and the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
The expo, says Telkom, is one of the initiatives the Telkom Foundation, its social investment arm, undertakes to broaden the horizons of young people and empower them to make use of the many career-building opportunities available in ICT.
Some 1 200 Grade 10 students from the Qumbu, Mount Frere, Dutywa, Ngcobo and Libode districts attended the expo, which was held on Tuesday, at the Walter Sisulu University, in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, where they were exposed to exhibitions focusing on the importance of ICT and the importance of mathematics and science as the building blocks for careers in the field.
Addressing the students, head of the Telkom Foundation Sarah Mthintso said ICT could go a long way to transforming SA, and the continent at large. She highlighted the importance of mathematics and science as core building blocks of success in the ICT sector.
An ICT Career Expo will be held at the University of Zululand, on 21 April, in which 40 schools from disadvantaged parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape will take part.
Mthintso prompted students to consider the possibilities for SA if their generation was to be the one to overcome the country's skills shortage crisis. “I call on you to master maths and science and involve yourselves in the world of ICT. If you do, you will equip yourself to excel in the workplace of tomorrow and you will transform yourself into a very valuable member of team SA.”