Candidate training helps African community into employment
The Imbokodo Computer School is run by a women’s self-help group in a province of Kwazulu Natal. The women are trained in business skills and encouraged to set up enterprises by not-for-profit charity Zimele (which means & lsquo;stand on your own two feet’ in Zulu). The group started the school with the aim of filling a void in the community by giving students valuable employment skills and encouraging them to take the initiative and change their lives.
The school’s computer based training has been donated by online testing and training company, ISV Software. The computer training covers how to use email and the internet, understanding how to use computers, as well as comprehensive training on all the popular Microsoft Office programs like Word and Excel. Students at the school using ISV’s training are predominantly young people and women groups that typically have fewer opportunities, especially when they live in rural African communities. Thanks to the computer school and training provided though, they have been introduced to the online world.
Since its establishment in 2011 the Imbokodo Computer School has seen over 200 & lsquo;graduates’, each gaining a certificate to show their training path. They have also moved from a rudimentary mud hut to a purpose-built brick building with 30 workstations. The project and computer training provided has brought a renewed optimism to the area and, as a direct result, women and young people have been able to find work in nearby towns.
ISV are continuing their donations to the computer school with new training in business correspondence and, later this year, covering the latest Microsoft Office suite. Amanda Davies, Managing Director of ISV said, “Our online training is used by jobseekers or individuals trying to develop their skill set. Most of the time it is used by people from the comfort of their own computer, from their own home. The poverty stricken and remote communities of South Africa seem a world away but why shouldn’t individuals there have the same access and learning opportunities? It’s absolutely fantastic to see how well the school is doing and that there are genuine result and employment opportunities coming from it.”