SITA South Africa runs an annual learnership program that forms part of its Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) commitments. It is called "Another Level" and has been running since 2010 when SITA Johannesburg welcomed its first group of learners on a fully paid one-year work placement and training program. The program runs from June to May every year, varying slightly depending on the training schedule and number of learners recruited.
The aim of the program is to recruit around ten unemployed youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and put them through three months of technical training and nine months of workplace experience. During this time they are required to complete documentation that substantiates their learning. Once moderated, they are awarded a National Certificate in Technical Support. Our partners in this program are Torque IT (a training provider) and MICT SETA (a government department).
School computer lab five-year commitment
Thanks to SITA's sponsorship, young learners at schools in disadvantaged areas in South Africa now have a chance to develop the IT skills they need for now and the future. In 2012 we built a new computer lab for Missourilaan Secondary School in Eldorado Park. A year later we opened a second computer lab at East Bank High School in Alexandra township. In 2014 SITA furnished and equipped a new computer lab at Zitikeni Secondary School, and in November 2015, SITA installed a fully functional School Lab for Ikusasa Comprehensive School in the township of Tembisa.
On 18 July 2016, SITA South Africa launched its 5th fully functional school lab at Namedi Secondary school in the township of Soweto. Namedi is a no-fee-paying school with 860 learners and an average pass rate of 85%. The school was unable to offer computer applications as part of their curriculum due to the lack of computer access. In addition to the sponsorship of a fully equipped computer lab, this year SITA went the extra mile by investing in teacher development in end user computing. On the opening day our staff also volunteered 67 minutes of their time packing and serving lunch packs to all the learners in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day.
SITA will maintain an ongoing relationship with Namedi Secondary school and will monitor student progress and impact of the computer lab. We will also monitor and identify top performing students in computer applications in conjunction with the overall curriculum and make available ICT tertiary bursaries and ICT Learnerships.