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UNDP - Bringing Digital Skills to the Eastern Cape

Upskilling and sustainable employability have been at the centre of several key initiatives in the Eastern Cape, one of these being the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

165 unemployed youth were introduced to the world of work and transitioned into sustainable jobs with local Operators. 959 individuals received access to digital upskilling on the Future Skills Platform. The employers provided the participants with the infrastructure to support the digital learning.   The content on the Future Skills Platform has been carefully curated to cater for all roles within these respective organisations. The participants range from junior level to senior executive level.

Renee Groom was appointed as the Monitor for this project from its inception in October 2022,  and she has managed its execution end to end and worked alongside all participating organisations to ensure its successful delivery.

In order to achieve this outcome, the BPESA  Eastern Cape Team partnered with  organisations  namely, Evolution, COEGA SEZ and VWSA, to digitally upskill their incumbent staff, to enhance their capabilities in their current roles as well upskill them in other roles based on the organisation’s needs.

Dastile Wealth Insure participants on the programme benefited greatly from access to the FSP. The eager learners put in additional time to access the content They found this extremely interesting and beneficial thereby increasing their knowledge through utilising digital technology. 

Figure 1: DWI East London Branch

Nyara Youth Development is based within a rural community and their cohort successfully completed the digital work readiness training,  provided by BPESA and the Future Skills team. This is synonymous with the Agency’s focus on youth development and digital inclusion.

Figure 2: Robyn Mafanya - Nyara Youth Development Centre

The Loomee Group a “remote work” hub based at the East London Industrial Development Zone also participated in the Work Readiness Training. They were impressed by the ease with which they could navigate on the platform, this increased their confidence and made them eager to consume more content.

Figure 3:  Loomee Group Virtual Assistants

Participation on the Work Readiness Training has been welcomed by the ISON National Head of HR Marlene Govender. Candidates from their largest site in Gqeberha participated on the Programme.


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