A pilot programme to help disadvantaged students obtain a degree or postgraduate qualification, with work experience and without debt, has struggled to achieve its ambitions as work opportunities for students dwindle in an unbelievably difficult economy that has been rocked by the pandemic.
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The war for talent among global companies in South Africa means skilled workers no longer need to move abroad for better career prospects. A webinar poll conducted by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa found that 80% of participants are looking for opportunities to work for international companies that are based locally.
A number of South African companies use an augmented reality welding simulator for training welding skills as we integrate into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Soldamatic welding simulator, which has won top honours at the Worlddidac Awards for the most innovative educational product, requires no costly welding consumables and reduce training time by half.
Recent reports indicate that South Africa is establishing its own ‘Silicon Valley’. From tech giants like Amazon and Panasonic increasingly opting to set up headquarters in the country, to local start-ups hiring as a result of growth, many career opportunities in the tech space are becoming available to South Africans.
Where businesses and other organisations are unable to get work done by robots they need to acquire the necessary skills by hiring staff. A key question then arises as to whether the money expended in order to acquire and retain these employee skills should be seen as an expense or as an investment.
The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in many workers around South Africa having to work from home. While this may have been strange at first, many workers prefer working from home and what it may entail.
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