The City of Johannesburg hosted its first graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 9 November 2016, at 11am at the Johannesburg City Hall for its ICT youth initiative, the City of Johannesburg Educating Digital Interns (C.O.J.E.D.I) programme. The ceremony will celebrate and honour 412 young graduates from across four areas of speciality: Cisco Certified System Engineering, Microsoft Certified System Engineering, Certified Fibre Optics Technician and Web Development & Cloud Computing.
City of Johannesburg delivers on creating permanent employment for unemployed graduates in the ICT sector
The City of Johannesburg and its partners: Microsoft, CISCO, IBM, FibreCo and Technology Innovation Agency will proudly celebrate the young achievers from the ICT programme.
Officially launched in January 2015, the programme aimed to train 1000 young interns with the main objective of developing innovative, globally applicable and recognised skills in the city as part of the transformational journey of bridging the digital divide and creating a smart city. Today the programme has trained 510 interns and has had a successful turnover of over 80% candidates completing the programme.
The City of Johannesburg’s youth who face systemic barriers to employment and education now have a means to breaking these barriers.
The COJEDI programme to date has seen over 80 interns gain permanent jobs in organisations such as Dimensions Data, Vuma Tel, Link Afrika and the likes, with most of the remaining interns in the programme continuing to benefit from the opportunity and placement linkages the programme offers.
The graduation ceremony will celebrate and proudly showcase the great investment the City of Johannesburg has made in developing its youth and the fast-growing Smart City.