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The best Agile transformation services on the market just got better

Evidence shows that many organisations are adopting Agile practices to roll out new products faster allowing them to stay ahead of the competition. They view Agile adoption as a silver-bullet with transformation being a by-product.

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Cape Town commits to boost ICT skills

The City of Cape Town has kicked off a partnership with SAP Africa to provide training in software coding using MIT Scratch.

The City of Cape Town has kicked off a partnership with SAP Africa to provide training in software coding using MIT Scratch.

A group of 44 students selected from more than 350 applicants will undergo an intense 12-week training programme in MIT's software programming language, Scratch.

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SAP Skills for Africa comes to Cape Town

SAP Africa has officially introduced Cape Town to its latest chapter in the company's Skills for Africa skills development and job creation initiative. This chapter of the programme involves local SAP customers and partners including; Accenture, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Zimele Technologies, Consnet, UCS and the City of Cape Town who all share the same mission of promoting economic growth to develop a platform for sustainable job creation in the region.

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Viewpoint: Training vital to addressing skills challenges

Youth Day earlier this month highlighted the question of what opportunities there are for young people in SA, especially with such a high youth unemployment rate. As consistent and quality education in SA remains a challenge, the role of technology and IT skills are vital in helping to educate young people.

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Thuthuka Development Camps train 500 Gauteng learners

The camps aim to train learners to develop key abilities such as soft skills, numeracy, study skills and examination techniques, says SAICA's Gugu Makhanya.

The camps aim to train learners to develop key abilities such as soft skills, numeracy, study skills and examination techniques, says SAICA's Gugu Makhanya.

Around 540 of Gauteng's Grade 11 and matric learners will spend a week at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants' (SAICA) Thuthuka Development Camps to improve their mathematics, financial literacy, accounting, english and science knowledge.

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Training gets trendy

Training Gets Trendy

Training gets trendy

Decision Inc, a business intelligence consultancy, provides a mix between formal certified courses and additional in-house training, such as leadership development, internal technical workshops, and an intern programme.

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Collaboration is the solution

Oupa Mopaki

Oupa Mopaki, MICT Seta’s CEO

In ITWeb Brainstorm’s 2014 CIO survey, where 158 of South Africa’s top CIO’s were interviewed, 43% said they were are actively seeking specific skills. Despite the demand for skills, the supply is falling short – leaving the sector, as well as candidates who have the potential to flourish, at a distinct disadvantage.

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Proudly home grown

Pieter Bencsch

Pieter Bencsch

South African enterprises are increasingly investing in addressing the high-level and specialised skills shortages that persist in the country, but project timelines can work to undermine their best intentions. This is according to Pieter Bensch, MD of HP South Africa, who says there is a growing willingness among local enterprises to invest in skills development in their IT departments.

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Mobile tech is all the rage

Lara Green

Lara Green, Strong developers with relatable skills should be identified and upskilled

The shortage of ICT skills is negatively impacting on business, with companies struggling to fill technical positions, resulting in delays in delivering goods and services. This could also force organisations to look outside of South Africa for their technical skills requirements, which would have a roll-on effect of damaging the industry and the economy.

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What are IT skills worth?

Salaries: years-on-year growth

The average salary reported by the permanently employed respondents this year is up 8% from 2014, but women are closing the gap. The average difference was just over R50 000, while in the past two years it was well over R100 000. Expressed in percentages, female respondents’ salaries grew by 20% year-on-year, compared to only a 3% growth for male respondents.

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