With unemployment in South Africa currently at 30% and youth unemployment at 56%, business owners in South Africa are under pressure to help address a wide range of socio-economic issues. The need for skills development and training has never been greater in our beautiful country. MarbleTech has heeded the call for companies to get involved in youth unemployment launching both an Internship and a Learnership program, both visible and long term projects with real impact.
What is an Internship?
An internship is a work experience program for individuals after their studies in order to gain practical experience required to make a positive contribution with respect to the career path they pursue. These programs are normally for a period of 12 months and candidates receive a fixed term internship contract.
MarbleTech’s Internship 2020
MarbleTech has appointed three graduates under the YES4Youth programme in 2020. The interns are employed at the MarbleTech’s Head Office in Sandton, Johannesburg for a one-year period. Thereafter, they will be evaluated for possible permanent employment.
What is a Learnership?
A learnership is a vocational education and training program combining theoretical knowledge with industry specific workplace experience leading to a qualification registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF). In practice a learner will enter into a fixed term employment contract with a company and attend training designed for that specific work environment. The normal term of a learnership is 12 months and at the end of the learnership successful learners receive an NQF qualification.
MarbleTech’s Learnership 2020/21
MarbleTech has embarked on a learnership program with an emphasis on training and mentoring previously disadvantaged female candidates from a rural area. Pongola in KwaZulu Natal was identified as the area in which the learnership would be would be run and six learners who passed grade 12 in the last 3 years were identified.
The selected individuals have received a 12-month fixed term learnership contract from the company. Skills training is being provided within the Pongola area for a period of 4 months. Thereafter, the learners are placed within the community to obtain practical work experience. Successful learners will receive a National Certificate in Information Technology: End User Computing qualification, being an NOF level 3 qualification.