In 2015 The City of Johannesburg launched the C.O.J.E.D.I programme. The programmes was launched by City’s Mayor with the aim to train 1000 of the City’s unemployed youth in the ICT sector. The programme to date has developed and empowered over 500 young interns who are actively participating at the fore front of Joburg’s Smart City’s plan.
Since then, C.O.J.E.D.I Telecoms was developed as the sustainable arm and “spin off” of the C.O.J.E.D.I training programme, giving the City’s youth more than just training. The Organisation was established with the aim to create a sustainable platform for Young IT Graduates in South Africa.
C.O.J.E.D.I Telecoms has already established key partnerships and projects with various IT & Telecommunication companies in South Africa, removing the barrier of opportunity and creating access for youth employment and entrepreneurship. Taking practicality and work experience to a new level!
Empowering and employing the City of Johannesburg’s ICT Youth
The unemployment rate among youth aged 15 to 34 increased from 32.7% to 36.1% between 2008 and 2014,” according to Stats SA’s report on national and provincial labour market trends among the youth.
In as much as youth unemployment in South Africa is a big challenge and can feel perplexing, every day businesses have developed and implemented actual and pragmatic solutions to move the status of unemployment and the country forward.
With ICT earmarked as one of the National Development Plan critical enablers, it is pertinent for skills transfer and training to occur and even more so that sustainable initiatives are developed to surely employ the youth.
C.O.J.E.D.I Telecoms is on track to contributing youth employment, entrepreneurship and innovation through giving the programmes’ student alumnus, learners and IT Graduates access to work experience and the liberty to build and develop their own businesses in the ICT sector