By NGO Pulse
Google South Africa and Impact Amplifier, a social innovation accelerator have launched GetSet-4IR, an initiative to address the shortage of digital skills in the country and bring youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and women into the digital economy.
GetSet-4IR will offer acceleration to ten social enterprises that provide digital skills training; adapting their services to market demand, and creating pathways to high-value employment with at least five large South African employers over the course of 2020 and 2021.
Key strategic interventions of the GetSet-4IR initiative will take place on both the supply side (working with social enterprises that provide digital skills training), as well as the demand side (partnering with employers), reads a press release.
“With ICT recognised globally as a key enabler for growth, the GetSet-4IR initiative will create a strong pipeline for job creation by matching supply and demand and equipping young unemployed South Africans with digital skills so that they can find gainful employment in the new economy and escape the cycle of poverty” -Max Pichulik, co-founder of Impact Amplifier.
Social enterprises interested in: building their institutional capacity; increasing their visibility and expanding relationships with demand (employers & funders); crafting their impact model, and better matching market demand for digital skills should join this ecosystem initiative, the press statement adds.