Leading networking and innovation students were honoured at the ICT Career Expo Awards last night – and rewarded with the promise of jobs.

According to the Department of Commnications’ Dr Harold Wesso, the thinking behind the ICT Career Expo is to go beyond rewarding students with a diploma or even a prize, but to demonstrate their worth with a real job.

Dr Wesso heads up the eSkills Institute, which aims to embed ICT skills within the education curriculum to produce a true e-generation of tech-savvy young people.

He points out that technology has moved beyond the point where it is considered a business enabler, but has become a tool for societal transformation.

The ICT Career Expo shows young people how the skills they learn in ICT can translate into jobs and life opportunities.

Winners of the FET ICT NetRiders competition – and learnerships at Business Connexion – are Jonathan Warrin, Tsheop Kakudi, Mazwi Mngune, Renier van der Westhuizen and Saudiq Abrahams. All of these students attended one of two FET colleges: College of Cape Town and Ekurhuleni East College.

Winners of the Telkom ICT Innovations Competition – who receive a 12-month learnership with Telkom – are Keitumetse  Nawane, Shenold Saaiman, Matsi Mary Machethe, George Tabatso Maekanya, Njabulo Nzimande, Sandiswa Luzuko, Asanda Makaula, Londiwe Nsele, Brian Nokonwaba, Thandi Matjokotja, Wernae Janse van Rensburg, Mzwandile Mdluli, Thabo Mogoro, Jones Morwe, Constance Molokwane, Nolwandle Khoza, Thembelihle Xulu and Koketso Thebeila.