Women have made a significant contribution to the IT industry over the years.
At Internet Solutions (IS), we acknowledge the vital role of women, and our partnership with Afrika Tikkun provides a platform for young men and women to learn about technology and explore employment opportunities in the IT industry.
To celebrate Women’s Month, we are sharing the journeys of three remarkable women who have joined the IS team through our partnership with the Afrika Tikkun Learnership Programme. Their stories are a true testament of how we are empowering women in the IT industry.
Empowering youth through technology
In 2018, IS partnered with Afrika Tikkun to develop and uplift 27 young, talented individuals from the Diepsloot and Orange Farm communities. Together we implemented a 12-month learnership that included formal learning and practical work experience components leading to a certificate in Technical Support (NQF 4).
The learnership aims to equip learners with the relevant skills and knowledge and ensure that they are ready for the world of work and better able to find employment once they have graduated.
“Since starting the programme and joining IS, I have grown on a personal and professional level. I have really come out of my shell and am more sociable, focused and open-minded. I have developed a true passion for project management and gained invaluable knowledge that will help me to succeed in many areas of my life.
“I am truly thankful for the learnership and to be a part of the IS team. They are an amazing bunch of people filled with passion, motivation and vision. I have gained knowledge and respect for the work I do and look forward to a long and prosperous career at IS. I am eternally thankful for the opportunities Afrika Tikkun and IS have given me and how they have significantly improved my life.”
“After dropping out of high school due to financial constraints, I started as a student at Afrika Tikkun. I volunteered at the early childhood daycare centre where I grew fond of helping teenagers with their homework and studies.
“Working at IS has exposed me to the possibilities of technology. I have been working with computers and smartphones – something that would never have been a possibility in the past. My typing skills have improved and I have learnt how to work well under pressure and understand the importance of clients and my contribution to the workplace. Afrika Tikkun and IS have played a great role in my life. I am a proud product of Afrika Tikkun and its teachings that have helped me in my work at IS.”
“I started as a technical support learner for my practicals and was placed in the project management office (PMO). I am currently working with the client services team at IS, dealing with queries on client accounts. In my position, I have learnt to focus on attaining knowledge and making sure my contribution impacts the team’s success. My communications, attention to detail, time management skills and telephone etiquette have improved. I have also improved my human relations and work survival skills.
“The team at IS has been very welcoming and made adapting to the business very comfortable. I have gained a lot of experience in the workplace and have learnt that working in the PMO is about effort and teamwork.”
These are only a few of the many extraordinary success stories of our partnership with Afrika Tikkun. Looking beyond Women’s Month, IS remains committed to educating and providing employment opportunities for women in the IT industry through our Afrika Tikkun partnership and other initiatives.