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33 local TVET colleges open Huawei ICT academies to boost digital skills

Last month Huawei announced a partnership aimed at 5G innovation for those at tertiary institutions. Now the company has announced another education-focused partnership which sees the South African Public Colleges Organisation (SAPCO), the Department of Higher Education and Huawei open 33 ICT academies at TVET colleges across SA.

Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, was also on hand at the announcement, noting what it means for TVET colleges across the country.

“Our strategic goal is to help create a capable workforce that should support an inclusive growth path to meet the needs of our society, especially those of our economy,” he said.

“Technical and Vocational Education is a vital component of our post-school and training system due to its importance in helping students to develop the technical and practical skills needed to improve their livelihoods and to be competitive in today’s ever-changing world,” the minister added.

As for the ICT academies, they will provide Huawei-certified training both online and in classrooms, along with instructor training and support training plan design, along curriculum integration.

“To achieve an intelligent, fully connected digital world, the ICT industry requires trained professionals,” highlighted Liao Yong, president of Huawei Southern Africa Enterprise Business Group.

“As the 4IR takes hold, technology such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and cloud computing are coming to the fore. We are grateful to have found partners in SACPO and the Department of Higher Education to achieve our vision of building skills in these fields,” added Yong.

With the initiative seeing 33 TVET colleges enrolled in the Huawei ICT Academy programme across all nine provinces, more than 300 students and lecturers have already participated in Huawei ICT certification training.

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