SAP and GijimaAst have launched an ISETT SETA accredited learnership programme, investing R6,8-million to allow 40 previously disadvantaged graduates to take the IT Business Leadership Programme through the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

The programme is a registered learnership with the ISETT SETA, the sector’s training authority. Applications for the learnerships opened in September 2007, with the study programme commencing in January 2008.
According to Jonas Bogoshi, GijimaAst CEO: “Since the announcement of the project 26 students who successfully met the criteria for the programme have enrolled and are currently in residence at a TUT student residences. The sponsorship provides for 100% of tuition and 100% of residential fees at a Tshwane University of Technology residency – as well as a monthly stipend paid to each learner. To better facilitate the learning process each learner is also provided with a laptop. The aim is to eventually accommodate 40 graduates, the remaining 14 places to be filled in July by existing TUT graduates who meet the stringent entry exam criteria.”
Jabu Sibeko, senior manager: operations at ISETT SETA, explains: ”The programme represents a successful private public partnerships (PPP), one in which all key partners have truly managed to respond to address the shortage of ICT skills in this country. This is a great step towards achieving our goal of contributing to halving South Africa’s poverty by 2014.”
Completion of the 18-month programme will be recognised with a National Certificate and 180 credits toward a National Diploma. In addition, successful learners will receive SAP global certification.
Claas Kuehnemann, MD of SAP Africa, says: “I am very excited that after eight months of planning, we finally have the formal launch of an excellent programme that teaches IT skills and professional skills – including a very specific elective course, SAP Technology for Public Sector.”  
He believes that after formal accreditation is obtained these learners will be highly employable in the market. The sponsors will also employ the beneficiaries on successful completion of the programme, subject to their business requirements.