Computer training for youth and business

Local youth are more employable and businesses more savvy following a joint initiative by the George Municipality Youth Café and non-profit organisation Suff (Southern Youth Film Festival) Academy and other stakeholders who gave free training programmes recently.

Two computer training programmes for the youth – DIGITAL LITERACY and DIGITAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT – and a MOBILE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME for SME’s (small and medium-sized enterprises) were presented.

Coordinators and trainers with a group focusing more on disabled youth, with their certificates for Digital Literacy

The George Youth Cafe also hosted their first Digital Skills graduation ceremony with the class of 2018. “With a total of 120 graduates this was truly an achievement for the George Youth Cafe tackling the issue of computer literary in George. This programme focused on unemployed as well as disabled youth,” said Bradley Windwaai, Acting Marketing Manager of Suff.

Coordinators and trainers with students with their certificates for Digital Identity Management they have finished in an earlier programme. Digital Identity Management is also one of the Youth Café’s programmes teaching youth to be more cautious managing their online identity protecting themselves from identity theft and cyber bullying

The DIGITAL LITERACY programme is a two week programme for unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 35 with 20 participants per intake. This programme teaches the youth from the basics of how to switch on  a computer to mastering Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. These skills are a minimum requirement in the work environment which makes unemployed youth more employable.

The DIGITAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT training aims  to teach the youth basic computer skills and to understand digital identity and the safeguarding of your information. The basic training takes two weeks to complete.

The MOBILE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING for SME’s was for one week. This programme is designed to teach local entrepreneurs and businesses how to market and manage their business from their phone as well as how to manage and maintain the digital identity of their business.

For more information contact the George Youth Café on 044 873 5272 or email You may also visit the Youth Café at the George Old Market Theatre, corner of Market Street and Market Lane. The operating hours are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00.

Caption: Trainers with a group receiving a certificate for Digital literacy. At the back of the graduates are Jason Fortuin, Adrie Strydom, Dr Leona Croffet, Nozipho Sihlahla, Cllr Sean Snyman and Elrico Van Rooyen the first class of Digital Literacy 2018.

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