“The internship programme has been an incredible success and shows what is possible when Government and the private sector come together and make use of the resources at our disposal for everyone’s benefi t,” says Dr Aaron Nkosi, learning space manager at the DBE.

“Through this programme we have equipped graduates with much needed workplace experience and at the same time provided both teachers and unemployed young people with valuable skills,” he explains.

“With guidance from the interns, more than 1500 young people completed the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum at the teacher development centres.

“Ten of the teacher centres (one in each province and two in Gauteng) have now been set up as Microsoft Imagine Academies with the support of Vodacom. This means that unemployed young people will now have access to a wealth of course content providing specialised skills across three key focus areas namely productivity, computer science and IT infrastructure. Teachers and young people

who are still at school will also have access to this content,” says Angela Schaerer, Teacher Engagement Manager at Microsoft.

While the courses offered through the Microsoft Imagine Academies are more likely to enable young people to fi nd meaningful employment, the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum was a good place to start as many of the young people that came into the centres had limited exposure to computers.

opportunities to unemployed young people from the communities in which these centres are based; the idea being to equip them with the skills to find a job.

In April 2016, 35 technology graduates began a one-year internship through Microsoft’s Student 2 Business programme at teacher centres across South Africa. Over the course of the year the interns assisted hundreds of unemployed young people in accessing the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum, which gives learners a fundamental understanding of computers from computer basics to cloud services and computer security. The interns also assisted the teachers with the Microsoft Educator Community platform.