Zensar Technologies, a global IT and BPO services provider has launched a learnership development programme (LDP), to create industry-ready IT talent for South Africa.

In line with broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) codes, Zensar will identify local students and offer training programs and skill development opportunities to support wider economic development. The first 40 students have been selected and will be leaving in mid-December to join the international training programme held in Pune, India, with a second intake expected in March 2010.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr Ganesh Natarajan, vice-chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies, says: “The programme is not just about local skills development but it is also a strategic initiative given Zensar’s future plans in South Africa. We see this country as a potential centre for research, education and software development, and plan to invest significantly in developing global delivery capabilities here. This will be an important hub of development activities for all our new markets in the coming years.”
The programme will primarily equip students with crucial IT skills such as software development and testing to ensure they are eligible for quality jobs. Training, which is the essential element of the programme, will be conducted at Zensar’s headquarters in Pune, India, while internships will be at various client sites in South Africa. The program aims to create 120 industry-ready individuals within the first year.
Harish Lala, country head: South Africa, says: “Our aim is to home grow skills to service local Zensar clients and increase our global capacity.  By building a globally competent IT workforce we can be part of the development of a world-class IT industry is South Africa."