Industry representative associations ISPA, WAPA and WASPA are collaborating on a skills development project to assist with placement of potential candidates in internship or learnership programmes, and employment opportunities with companies operating in the ICT sector.
Skills development is a priority element of the B-BBEE scorecard that requires companies to invest in the upskilling of black people, and it is a critical priority for South African ICT companies to nurture nascent talent in the sector.
The associations wish to align themselves with the National Skills Development Programme by providing a platform for the recruitment of interns to undertake learnership programmes provided by their members and, potentially, the wider IT industry at large.
The SKILLS REGISTRY has been developed to address challenges younger job seekers are confronted with, especially their inability to match existing skills and talents with the requirements of potential employers in the sector.
Individuals with an intermediate or advanced level of IT skills and experience, aspiring to become professionals in the ICT sector or looking for industry exposure in order to complete their studies through internship or learnership programmes provided by the Skills Registry, can enter their personal information and interests, including specific industry skill set so that potential sector-based employers can easily access, identify and recruit from the available talent pool.
Companies wishing to provide internships, learnerships or full-time employment opportunities can search the database by specific ICT application or certification (e.g. CSS3, HTML5, PHP or CCNA, MCSE, etc.) or job function (web designer, systems administrator…), using a “faceted” search interface, or by geolocation search to find candidates in their immediate vicinity. Potential candidates can then be contacted through the system.