The University of Cape Town (UCT) will launch a new programme to cater to unemployed graduates and students who could not complete their education. The programme will look to provide students with digital skills that could increase their chances of employment.
The UCT Digital Bootcamp will initially be aimed at former UCT students who were unable to finish their qualifications or have graduated but have not yet secured employment since graduation three or more years ago.
The programme will delve into three digital streams which are Media and Marketing Pathways, Cloud Computing and Digital Tech Pathways. Participants who are chosen to be part of the programme will choose when they study as it allows for a flexible learning schedule.
UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng believes the programme will offer participants an additional pathway into employment. This as 10% of the students who enrol in an academic programme at the institution will not complete it.
Phakeng said, “We felt that even with a 10% dropout rate we've got to work at making sure that they [students] can find another path to create a career for themselves or to start the climb up a career ladder and they cannot do that it's very difficult to do that without a degree so we are creating another pathway for them.”
The programme will be undertaken through a partnership with Umuzi, which trains individuals for jobs in the digital economy to equip them with a skill set to secure a job.
Phakeng adds that students will be required to complete an amplitude test to gain admission into the programme. Once this is completed, successful students will have the choice of what digital stream they want to obtain skills in.
The Vice-Chancellor adds that the first iteration of the UCT Digital Bootcamp will consist of one hundred students. Once this pilot programme is completed, the university will evaluate where the programme can be strengthened to achieve better overall results.
“The idea is to grow this programme to include all interrupted study students in South Africa and probably in Africa as well, but that's what we're looking at because there's a lot of young people who are out there who can utilise these skills,” concluded Phakeng.