Samsung, in collaboration with Ocule IT, recently hosted a Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of the 1st Cohort of the MICT-SETA Accredited Electronics Technician program in the Eastern Cape. This marks a significant milestone for the graduates who now contribute to the national initiative focused on electronics artisanal skills development, aiming to stimulate job creation, particularly in economically challenged provinces.
The program, initiated in 2020 as part of Samsung’s R280-million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP), addresses the critical shortage of technicians in consumer electronics and handheld devices servicing. The 12-month SETA accredited apprenticeship program, conducted in partnership with Ocule IT, has garnered success since its inception.
In the Eastern Cape, the first cohort consisted of 19 students, deliberately addressing gender bias with 6 males and 13 females enrolled. The overall program, spanning three cohorts since 2020, has seen approximately 80 learners nationally.
One graduate, Lwazikazi Tatayi, shared her experience, emphasizing the program’s impact on her IT knowledge and exposure to specializations such as automation, fault-finding, troubleshooting, and soft skills like administration through the SAP system. Practical application during a placement at Centurion Systems, focusing on mechatronics, played a pivotal role in her learning journey.
The Electronics Technician program aims to develop artisan skills in electronics, with learners mentored by accredited providers during workplace training. The program covers theoretical and practical aspects of designing, manufacturing, and repairing electronic equipment. At the program’s conclusion, learners receive certification.
Hlubi Shivanda, Director of Business Operations, Innovation & Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa, highlighted the partnership’s role in the Eastern Cape’s economic development strategies and the comprehensive skills development investment program.
The program’s success is evident in the employment outcomes, with eight students securing permanent employment, seven starting small businesses, and four enrolling for further studies. The impact extends beyond individual success, contributing to the growth of local businesses and the economy.
Matthew Lennon, senior technician and mentor at Centurion Systems, praised the program for providing a group of high-caliber technicians, benefiting both the company and the broader industry.
Sanele Gcumisa, Managing Member of Ocule IT, emphasized the importance of empowering youth, especially in rural provinces, to seize opportunities in the ICT sector. The partners remain committed to collaboration with the government to empower disadvantaged communities through technology education.
In conclusion, the collaborative efforts of Samsung, Ocule IT, and the government aim to create endless possibilities for youth, focusing on real empowerment and education through technology.