Technical Director, Wayne Erradu explains “In 2016 we created a successful internship programme, taking in mostly previously disadvantaged individuals & females from different backgrounds who were placed within areas of our business so that they could maximise both their potential and their talents. The Programme lasts for a year and in that time, every intern is treated as a full time employee to get real world experience. They are trained rigorously to Industry best practices, etiquette, professionalism and communication as part of our soft skills programme. Most importantly, they are taught all the necessary skills to survive in the IT industry which is dynamic and fast paced.
Our interns are also given the opportunity to Certify for international Microsoft exams based on the current requirements for Cloud computing. They successfully certified and we are extremely proud of their efforts to combine both work experience and certification which is the recipe for getting into the tough IT industry. Today many of these interns are now Level 1 and Level 2 employees within our business and contribute to our ever-growing success. In our ranks, we have the most certified female in South Africa. Others have gone on to find full-time employment within other IT companies and are able to make a meaningful contribution to supporting their families and society as a whole.
Iain Emerson – Founder and Managing Director says that “NETCONFIG is a conduit to encouraging these individuals to start their own businesses and to contribute to employing others so that we can alleviate the unemployment problem that we have in this country. Instead of seeing the unemployment challenge as a problem we are intent on doing something about it”
Erica Floweday – Operations Director, points out that traditionally IT has always been seen as a male-dominated industry. “However, if given the opportunity, females are more than capable of proving themselves in the industry. Amanda Nkosi and Micara Rampersad who graduated through the programme are superstars in their own right and are proof that this can be achieved. As part of the Corporate Social responsibility initiatives we regularly collaborate with Colleges to engage with students and to give them insider knowledge of how the industry operates and how to be successful in finding employment.” She says.
Concludes Wayne “ Encouraging students to realise that it is hard work but it is absolutely worth it, to see students engaged in choosing IT and then pointing them in the right direction is our contribution back to the industry and we are proud to give back all the industry knowledge we have gained in the 20 years we have been in business”