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Oracle empowering the youth [Star, The (South Africa)]
[June 25, 2014]

Oracle empowering the youth [Star, The (South Africa)]

(Star, The (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative aims to address Oracle partner needs and skills development in the local marketplace. The intention behind this initiative is to build and expand Oracle skill sets in South Africa.

The 12-month programme takes students through workplace-readiness training; systems support or systems development NQF-aligned training; Oracle knowledge in either Oracle Database administration, Java development, Oracle Fusion Middleware or Oracle Hardware support, coupled with workplace exposure for experiential learning.

Oracle offers the entire technology stack, from servers and storage to database and middleware, through applications and into the cloud. Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together - in the cloud and in the data centre. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers.

"Developing skills and creating jobs within the South African economy is intrinsically linked," says Stefan Diedericks, alliance and channel director, Oracle South Africa. "By providing educational opportunities, EOH is helping to expand the skills being asked for by the market." EOH launched a Youth Job Creation Initiative two years ago, aimed at stimulating youth job creation by interacting with its customers, business partners and the government.

The initiative aims to: l Promote internship and training programmes - 1. Repatriate jobs offshore to other countries and the creation of jobs by taking services offshore. 2. Work with the government to mobilise business to take advantage of government incentive schemes for job creation.

l Encourage business to invest more in South Africa, which will result in job creation.

In November last year, the company rolled out the second year of its initiative, giving 200 interns and 400 students in partnership with MICT Seta and 372 students in partnership with Fasset, the opportunity to enter the formal working sector. All 200 interns and 572 students have been absorbed in the business after three months of work-readiness training and orientation.

Theoretically, if every business in South Africa were to do the same, it would mean the employment of hundreds of thousands of young people. The benefits are immense - for the youth, society and ultimately for the businesses that invested time and effort in passing on the skills.

"After all, it is easier to run a business in a successful society," concludes EOH chief executive Asher Bohbot.

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