Social Economic Development1. Learnerships FY17 – FY18
For the first time WestconGroup SA registered their own learnership in partnership with Torque IT. This program is not funded by MICT Seta. We have taken on about 15 learners. The programme is registered with MICT Seta and focuses on an NQF Level 4 qualification. This learnership program will continue to extend into FY18.
Westcon in partnership with Torque IT and MICTSETA are in final arrangements to secure a second programme which is 100% funded by the SETA. We will be appointing 40 learners for FY17/18 covering both NQF level 4 & 5 qualifications.
2. Disabled Learnership Programme
Westcon have partnered with a company called Action for Blind and Disabled Children and sponsored funds towards a learnership program for the disabled. Action for Blind and Disabled Children is an accredited training provider with MICT Seta, Microsoft, Cisco and Pastel. They provide training within these brands and addresses the unique challenges of skills shortages amongst the disabled.
Through this program, WestconGroup SA will have an opportunity to appoint disabled staff from amongst this pool of learners.
3. Internships in partnership with Microsoft
Once again, Westcon have partnered with Microsoft and are hosting 6 Interns for FY18. The learners have received their formal training with Microsoft and are now on-site at WestconGroup SA; part of a very structured rotational program to gain knowledge and skills within the Westcon Cloud business practice.
Extensive value has been gained from the previous programme as we were able to permanently appoint all learners and we trust that the current program will be just as successful and we are able to appoint the interns permanently.
Kliptown Secondary School started as a primary school on 13 October 1924. The total number of learners enrolled that day was 29: 16 boys and 13 girls. The school grew rapidly and had to expand and presently the school accommodates about 1900 learners from the broader previously disadvantaged areas: Soweto and Eldorado Park.
WestconGroup SA Corporate Social Investment: Initiatives with Kliptown School started in 2015. As part of our CSI strategy WestconGroup SA have partnered with the Mining Investment Company to fund the upliftment of Kliptown’s computer laboratory by providing IT support for the learners. As you may be aware, our industry is experiencing major skills shortages and we have decided to invest starting from tertiary education right through to providing Learnership and Internship Programmes to aid learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
Along with this, Westcon also hosts annual career days for grade 11 and 12 learners from the school, whereby leaders from the Business Practices have an opportunity to talk to the students about IT distribution and what happens within their respective business units. This is always well received by the learners.
Westcon had the opportunity to donate 20 computers to Kliptown’s IT Lab in 2015. For 2017, Westcon took the decision to further upgrade the school’s IT Lab by donating 14 laptops to the school. It is always a humbling experience to visit the school and engage with the teachers as any support or contribution made is received with sincere gratitude.
Westcon in partnership with MIC (Mining Investment Company) contributes annually to the JB Marks Education Trust Fund that funds bursary recipients who are dependents of the workers within the mining, construction and energy industries. These individuals come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This is an annual initiative. We have seen the graduation of 1 learner who achieved honours in IT in 2016.