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BluePencil Education Services - now a level 2 BBBEE company

BluePencil Education Services is proud to announce the company has been awarded level 2 BBBEE status.

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DigiTruck aims to sharpen youths' coding skills

The Digitruck aims to bridge the digital divide for youth in rural and vulnerable communities.

The Digitruck aims to bridge the digital divide for youth in rural and vulnerable communities.

Although some schools in Langa Township, Western Cape, have ICT labs, their equipment is either outdated, or there is no Internet connection, or there are a lack of trained ICT facilitators in schools.

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SA champions good digital citizenship

SA will launch Web Rangers, a campaign where children champion good digital citizenship and online safety.

SA will launch Web Rangers, a campaign where children champion good digital citizenship and online safety.

South African organisations will tomorrow participate in the global Safer Internet Day.

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Ordinary bleach and oven cleaner get kids hooked on science

P-STEM

P-STEM

Household cleaning materials and young kids do not usually mix very well – but at a community science day hosted over the past weekend in Soweto, scientists got learners hooked by doing experiments exclusively with products found in the average household storage cupboard.

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SITA pushes certificates backlog deadline

The portfolio committee on higher education and training urges SITA to prioritise the certification backlog.

The portfolio committee on higher education and training urges SITA to prioritise the certification backlog.

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has asked for yet another deadline extension to clear the backlog of outstanding certificates for the National Certificate Vocational qualification.

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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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