Samsung re-launched its engineering academy on 23 August and Gauteng MEC for Basic Education, Panyaza Lesufi delivered the keynote address.
The electronics company has relocated its engineering academy from Boksburg to Midrand. The company is on a mission to develop technicians, technologists and engineers across the country, to address the critical technical and engineering skills shortage that exists in the South African job market.
The academy is focused on impacting the lives of matriculants, college students and unemployed youth and was established in 2011.
It equips these unemployed youth from low-income areas with the latest global technological skills to assist them to compete effectively in the job market. The company’s vision is to fast-track the youth into the electronics job market, therefore aligning with the government’s Vision 2030 initiative that encourages entrepreneurship and self-employment.
Director of Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs for Samsung South Africa Hlubi Shivanda said, “We’re on a drive to give the youth of South Africa hope for the future with viable careers in a highly desirable field. Our graduates have all entered the workplace with essential electronic engineering skills, allowing them to support themselves and make a positive impact on their families and communities.”
Students are taken through an intensive technical training course followed by a month of in-service training. Once this is completed, the young graduates are taught about client services and are then deployed to Samsung service centres. There are six academies such as this one in the country where matriculants between the ages of 18 to 25 can apply.
Sung Yoon, CEO and president of Samsung Africa said, “This is another step towards securing the future of the youth marginalised by poverty. We’re here to help give the next generation power to seize control of their own futures. And in doing so, they can contribute to their communities and country.”
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi commended the company for its academies and said more companies needed to absorb young people and encourage the development of skills so that the youth could also play a role in the economy of the country.
She continued that there was a vacuum for skills development in the country, therefore, such academies should be commended and added that the government was fully behind any company that invested in the development of young people.