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GROWING SKILLS AND INVESTING IN ICT PROFESSIONALS

Graduates of the Huawei-MICT Seta training programme, June 2017

Graduates of the Huawei-MICT Seta training programme, June 2017

South Africa needs a large number of ICT professionals with the right skills to meet the country’s digital transformation ambitions. Huawei participates in several ICT training and education initiatives because it recognises that skills development is crucial if we are to move towards a digital economy. One of the programmes Huawei participates in, is a co-operation agreement with the MICT Seta to train 1000 ICT professionals over five years. This is a long long-term strategic partnership aimed at skills development and sharing of ICT expertise with graduates or final year students. Graduates of the programme are also more equipped to enter the workplace having had practical workplace experience.

Signing of MOU bet MICT Seta and Huawei, 15 June 2016


ICT Graduates and students at the end of 6 month training

Huawei’s Training Manager Terrance Sema says it’s a win-win partnership. Sema says “Huawei has noticed there is a need for trained engineers and technicians with specific skills, that’s where we are able to provide the exact training that is needed by ourselves and our partner telecoms operators.” In June 2016 the first group of 100 students started their training in Fibre to the Home (FTTH). They graduated in February 2017. On completing the course, students obtain an industry recoginised certificate. Interns were absorbed into various Huawei FTTH projects.

Huawei Training Centre

 

The Huawei South Africa Training Centre was established in February 2008 and is located in Woodmead, a business-hub in Johannesburg. The training centre occupies 527 sqm and is currently equipped with a variety of technologies including, GSM, UMTS, LTE, Core Network, Wimax and Transmission devices. It can also connect remotely to training centres around the world and to our HQ in Shenzhen, China. Three full-time trainers work in the South African centre, they are supported by a variety of international trainers. The South Africa Training Centre currently has two classrooms and two fully equipped laboratories. They can accommodate more than 80 trainees at a time. Huawei offers a broad range of training topics, such as WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, NGN, Datacom and Optical Network. The Training Centre has also been inducted as a Research and Development Centre. This allows our customers and staff the opportunity to access equipment for research purposes. All five of the major ICT Service providers in South Africa i.e. Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Neotel and Telkom Mobile use the Huawei Training Centre. Two thousand trainees have passed through the centre in the past six years, including engineers from African countries.


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