A total of 22 previously disadvantaged (PDI) South African students have kick started their career in the country’s fast growing ICT industry following the completion of the fourth edition of Oracle’s Graduate Leadership Programme.
“Attracting and retaining candidates with requisite ICT skills is an on-going industry wide challenge; the ICT skills shortage continues to constrain the country’s capability to increase economic growth and job creation,” said Stefan Diedericks, Alliance and Channel Director, Oracle South Africa.
“It is through programmes and initiatives such as this that we are able to address the growing skills gap within the local market.”
“In his 2018 State of the Nation address, president Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa’s prosperity as a nation depends on the country’s ability to take full advantage of rapid technological change and that capabilities in the areas of science, technology and innovation should be developed as a matter of urgency,” added Diedericks.
“In line with the government’s objective to drive skills development and create job opportunities, the Oracle Graduate Leadership Programme focuses on PDI students who have fully or partially completed a university degree. Spread over a period of one year, the programme is based on a blended learning approach, combining classroom training with e-learning and structured on-the-job training. Oracle South Africa sponsors the full cost of training for all programme participants.”