Huawei South Africa recently held a job fair for 130 graduates from its ICT Academies at various tertiary institutions around the country. The aim of the event was to give students an opportunity to meet with potential employers.
Huawei, as well as a variety of major ICT companies with a presence in South Africa, including Mustek, Pinnacle, Nambiti Technologies, Business Connexion and Khanya Africa, were at the fair. More than 50 of the students will be employed in internships, 40 at Huawei, plus one or two from each of the 10 partner companies who participated.
In addition to the job fair, Huawei is recruiting 48 ICT graduates with outstanding academic results for the Huawei Graduate Programme.
“Huawei is working to empower learners to be very ready to not only work in the ICT Industry but also improve the standards of ICT through the use of Huawei’s cutting-edge ICT solutions,” says Huawei ICT Academy Director, Han Jiang. “This job fair not only gives them the chance to see how those skills can be applied in the working world as well as where they might need to further upskill themselves.”
The competition for spots at Huawei solidifies its reputation as one of the most desirable companies to work for in South Africa. In fact, in the 2021 South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) top graduate employer survey, Huawei was placed in the top three companies in the IT hardware or software category.
Most of the graduates – who come from universities, universities of technology, and TVET colleges, placed at Huawei, will be working as networking technical engineers.
“There is so much that I have learned through this program which also played a big part in building my career within the ICT industry, and I would encourage all graduates to make the most of this opportunity,” says Frank Tshegofatso Modiba, (pictured) who is a Huawei ICT Academy graduate, participated in the 2020 Jobs Fair, and managed to get an internship opportunity to work for Huawei’s Enterprise South Africa, Service and Delivery department.
Since 2020, Huawei Enterprise South Africa has arranged free online certification training courses for over 1,500 students from different institutions in South Africa to upskill them on the latest technology trends.
Representing Tshwane University of Technology, Zamikhaya Mapundu, a senior lecturer and Huawei ICT Academy instructor spoke at the job fair about how the Huawei ICT Academy program has improved student’s competency and skills and has helped them stay up to date with the latest trends and become more marketable within the ICT industry.
Basani Hlekane, the Deputy Secretary General of the South African Public Colleges Organisation (SAPCO) commended Huawei for its efforts in fostering ICT talent in South Africa and encouraged deeper cooperation between SAPCO, academic institutions, and Huawei and its partners, to help bridge the digital divide and empower the youth of South Africa.
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