With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) fast approaching, the South African government, as well as private organisations, are trying to equip the youth with the necessary skills to be leaders of the next phase in the growth for the country, and the continent.

Aiming to do their part is the Samsung Engineering Academy, as this week it celebrated 165 students who graduated from their Midrand Engineering Academy.

“Engineering academies across Africa have already seen thousands of students graduate with hands-on practical skills at no cost, enabling them to move into jobs after they graduate,” said Samsung Africa director for customer service, Nithia Pillay.

According to Samsung, the top performing students will get a chance to intern at their company or one of its service partners, and thereafter work as independent service technicians or employees within their respective regions.

“Working together, the mission is to provide access to learning facilities with the vision of transferring learning skills and enhancing youth employability in South Africa, equipping young people with the latest technological skills to assist them to compete effectively in the job market is part of Samsung’s theme ‘Education for future generations’ aimed at developing skilled technicians and engineers across Africa,” noted one of the key speakers, Dr. Musa Mthombeni.

The company added that programmes such as Engineering Academy have increased opportunities for women to enter into trades that were traditionally reserved for men. The ultimate aim is to give all youth an opportunity to change the narrative around what it means to be an artisan and break down the barriers to success, Samsung concluded.

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