The EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative aims to address Oracle partner needs and skills development in the local market place. The intention behind this initiative is to build and expand Oracle skillsets within South Africa. EOH is one of the largest ICT providers in South Africa, and a Platinum level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN).

The 12 month programme takes learners through workplace readiness training; systems support or systems development NQF aligned training; Oracle knowledge in either Oracle Database administration, Java development, Oracle Fusion Middleware or Oracle Hardware support coupled with workplace exposure for experiential learning.

Oracle offers the entire technology stack, from servers and storage, to database and middleware, through applications and into the cloud. Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together – in the cloud and in the data center. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers.

“Developing skills and creating jobs within the South African economy is intrinsically linked,” says Stefan Diedericks, Alliance and Channel director, Oracle South Africa. “By providing educational opportunities, EOH is helping to expand the skills being asked for by the market.”

EOH launched a Youth Job Creation Initiative two years ago, aimed at stimulating youth job creation by interacting with its customers, business partners and Government.

The initiative aims to:
* Promote Internship and Training Programmes
* Repatriate jobs offshored to other countries and the creation of jobs by offshoring services to other countries
* Work with Government to mobilise business to take advantage of Government incentive schemes for job creation

* Encourage business to invest more in SA which will result in job creation

“In November 2013 we rolled out the second year of our initiative giving 200 interns and 400 learners in partnership with MICT SETA and 372 learners in partnership with FASSET the opportunity to enter the formal working sector. All 200 interns and 572 learners have been absorbed in the business after 3 months of work readiness training and orientation of the EOH business.

“Theoretically, if every business in South Africa were to do the same, it would mean the employment of hundreds of thousands young South Africans. The benefits are immense – for the youth, for society and ultimately for the very businesses that invested time and effort in passing on the skills. “After all, it is easier to run a business in a successful society,” concludes EOH CEO Asher Bohbot.