With all the chaos of the past week, you likely missed World Youth Skills Day on 15th July. Skills development is an issue that local government has been focusing on for a few years now, but like all initiatives that require the buy-in from multiple stakeholders, the going has been slow.
Hoping to assist in this regard is Huawei, which recently called for SA students to apply for its Seeds for the Future programme 2021.
The Seeds for the Future programme is part of a larger investment being made by Huawei, with the company committing $150 million globally to ICT skills development among learners.
“Today we are announcing Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program 2.0. As part of our commitment to continuously developing talent, we will invest US$150 million in this program over the next five years and help university students and young people improve their digital skills. This program is expected to benefit another 3 million people,” explained Huawei chairman, Liang Hua, in a press statement.
This is not the first time that Seeds for the Future has featured on the African continent, with it first being introduced in 2014, reaching nearly 2 000 students in more than 25 countries. The programme and Huawei’s efforts in ICT talent development is carried out in partnerships with governments and academia, the company adds.
In South Africa, Huawei has partnered with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, with applications for the 2021 online programme, which is currently open.
“The speed of change in technology demands an equal speed in acquiring the skills that the industry demands, our partnership with Huawei supports our National Digital and Future Skills Strategy. We acknowledge Huawei’s commitment to training our future ICT leaders and wish the Seeds Class of 2021 the very best learning experience,” notes Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, regarding initiatives such as this.
For those interested in applying, Huawei outlines the selection criteria as:
- “South Africa citizen
- All university students with ICT related major (Computer Science, Electronic Science, Information Technology, Software, Engineering, etc.)
- Average of 70% academic marks
- Have a strong interest in telecommunications and technologies
- Team player and dedicated to training tasks (including but not limited to training tests and completing a high-quality essay)
- Interest in China and Chinese culture
- Gender balance, 50% or more female participants.”
Applicants should submit an application package by 23rd July 2021, to the following email addresses – saseeds[at]huawei[dot]com and mtau[at]dtps[dot]gov[dot]za.
Huawei says an application package should contain:
- “Completed application form containing; Personal Details such as Name, Gender, Race, DoB, motivation for your selection.
- Academic Records – including report for the last academic year and current progress
- ID copy
- Recommendation or Reference letter from Faculty/Division Head (optional, prefer to have)
- CV (optional)
- Any supporting documents.”
Following an online interview process, the 2021 cohort will be selected and announced come 29th July.
To find out how any further details on Seeds for the Future, head here.