Training Military Veterans beneficiaries in digital skills
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Training Military Veterans beneficiaries in digital skills

Beneficiaries of the Military Veterans

Selina Rapulane

“You need to realise that nobody owes you anything. It is really up to you”. These were the words shared by Mr Wikus van der Merwe: Director at H&P IT Empowerment Company when he opened and welcomed everyone to a training session for military veterans on 5 May at the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park.

High-profile members from the Military Veterans Association and the Department of Military Veteran’s also attended the opening session.

The training, for beneficiaries of the Department of Military Veterans who are still unemployed, took place under the auspices of the E-skills Department, in partnership with the company, Human Capital Business Solution (HCBS).

The training is part of the Skills Development for Sustainable Opportunities initiative and is a bridging programme for Technical Support Delegates. The first phase of training is the E-skills4All, a digital literacy module, which takes10 days.

The second phase is the intermediate IT Technical Support Skills Programme and finally the beneficiaries will then undergo a workshop called Goal to Work that will teach them how to construct their CVs, prepare for interviews and professionalise themselves.

Mr Harry Mathabathe, Director: H&P IT Empowerment and Ms Tiny Mokoena from the Department of Military Veterans both spoke to the students and encouraged them to focus on their studies.

The facilitators of this programme are Mr Jeandre van Rooyen and Ms Monique Moss from the H&P IT Empowerment Company, assisted by the VUT E-skills CoLab facilitator Mr Adrian Dombeni.

Ms Antoinette Lombard: Director at E-skills, Strategic Alliances mentioned that the beneficiaries could also apply for other programmes that are run at the precinct because the goal is to have them use every opportunity they come across.

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