Work Experience for IT Grads

Work Experience for IT Grads


IT graduates can now access work experience that will make it easier for them to find jobs in the longer term.

Career Planet, a career and work opportunities NGO, is focusing on giving IT graduates work-based experience with a new initiative.

It has partnered with the CIO Forum (chief information officers) to help develop the information communication and technology industries and aid socio-economic development in South Africa.

Unemployment targeted by programme

The partnership aims to give IT graduates real work experience, whilst assisting Career Planet to further deliver on its dream of reducing unemployment in South Africa.

Career Planet recently launched a web and mobi site where youth are able to find answers to career-related questions, get access to learnerships, bursaries, internships and other job-related opportunities, as well as send free texting on all makes of WAP enabled cell phones through their partnership with PepTXT.

“Career Planet seeks to address the unemployment issue in South Africa. It is not a recruitment agency, but rather a platform for unemployed youth, students and graduates, to connect with potential employers and opportunity providers to finds jobs and other opportunities.

“Membership is free and members can benefit from a wide range of free services designed to support work seekers,” says founder and CEO, Karin Fuchsloch.

Collaboration benefits all parties

“Connecting with the CIO Forum has allowed Career Planet to host a software team and to collaborate on projects and software that will further enable us to reach communities and young people with life-changing opportunities.”

“The aim is to get IT grads skilled for the world of work,” says Bridgetti Lim Banda, Programme Manager for CIO Forum. “It’s a three-year programme and we’re excited to have already kicked-off with five developers based out of the Career Planet Cape Town offices.”

Alison Job
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