City of Joburg executive Mayor, Parks Tau has announced a partnership with Microsoft SA to train a million disadvantaged residents on digital literacy skills that include Microsoft Office
This ground-breaking announcement made Johannesburg the first African city to close a workforce development deal of this magnitude for its residents. Mayor Tau said: “The training, to be offered at no cost to participants, will be conducted over a five-year period in Johannesburg public libraries, which are already attached to the Vulindlel’eJozi Youth Programme’s Massive Open Online Varsity network.”
He said: “About 800 000 of the targeted one-million residents to be trained will be the youth, aged between 18 and 34, while the remaining 200 000 intake will be of those over 35. The new partnership will see the participating young people also linked-up with other developmental initiatives under Vulindlel’eJozi, which include entry-level job matching, matric rewriting and vocational skills training, as well as entrepreneurial skills development.
Deputy President Ramaphosa noted that the Johannesburg and Microsoft SA partnership “gives real effect to the National Development Plan and Vision 2030” in that it links skills development with job market needs.