In a graduation ceremony hosted at the Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge today, 15 July 2022, almost 200 young Capetonians graduated after completing a CapaCiTi Digital Skills programme.
The City of Cape Town partnered with CapaCiTi, which has trained over 200 unemployed young people in ICT skills and work readiness over the last 2 years to address the skills gap. The aim of all CapaCiTi programmes is to place our graduates in meaningful work opportunities. To do this, we need to understand the market demand and understand where our youth will make the most impact. CapaCiTi created experiential programmes in Full Stack Development, SaaS, Desktop Support and Cloud Computing. We focused on practical object-oriented programming languages such as Python and Java; front-end design using HTML, CSS and Java Script; and vendor-specific platforms including AWS and Salesforce.
Our candidates learning desktop support got the opportunity to build a computer from scratch, using equipment donated through our partnership with e-waste recycler Desco. All of our graduates are offered the opportunity to complete a vendor certified exam with options including International Computer Driving License, AWS or Salesforce Certification.
In a time where entry level jobs can be challenging to secure, CapaCiTi is proud that over 80% of our graduated youth have been placed in further learning opportunities with various SMME’s and corporates. These entry level roles included software interns, junior software testers, IT Technicians and Salesforce administrators.
It’s through strong partnerships with funders like the City of Cape Town, which places youth at the forefront of the solution, that allows CapaCiTi to significantly impact the South African digital landscape and the future of our young talent.