By Inside Biz
MTN Eswatini has employed two female students out of the 40 students it enrolled for Data Science training last year.
This is part of the MTN Skills Academy’s work aimed at promoting digital skills for digital jobs, in turn supporting MTN Group’s strategic intent of providing digital solutions for Africa’s progress.
The two female students were part of the 40 that were admitted to the MTN Group initiative to address Africa’s digital skills gap through a partnership with SAS Training, Courses, and Classes.
In December last year, they landed among the top 12 who excelled in the first phase which was a one-month basic training, beating 25 others.
MTN ESwatini Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wandile Mtshali said their aim as a Group is to equip young people with future-fit skills that will give them a better chance of survival in the digital world of tomorrow.
“We want to equip young people with future-fit skills that will give them a better chance of survival in the digital world of tomorrow. We have come to the realization that to keep up with the rest of the world, we must play a part in incubating skills required for this digital era in which we now exist” the CEO noted.
Silindile Dlamini and Nkosingiphile Mazibuko have not only been equipped with data analytics skills but have also landed jobs with the country’s leading telecommunications company.
Dlamini, a 23-year-old graduate in International Business and Trade said this was a great initiative as there was still a great gap to be filled in STEM to have more women enter and find their foot in the digital space.
She said being part of the programme and eventually, MTN promotes one’s creativity, innovation, and the spirit of teamwork.
“I can’t sum up all my emotions, more than anything I feel honoured to have landed this job and excited to see what the journey ahead has in store for me. This has been a great journey with a few challenges here and there. Overall, the journey of acquiring new knowledge for me is always exciting,” she said.
Her highlights of the Data Science programme were that understanding data would help her make better and more informed decisions for product designs, development, customer satisfaction, and revenue generation for a business.
Mazibuko (25) on the other hand expressed gratitude that MTN was strengthening women’s efforts to leverage digital technologies and gender equality across the country.
“MTN has had a profound impact on my life and without having the opportunity to partake in the Data Science course, it would have been much more challenging, if not impossible to achieve my current position in Data Mining and Analytics,” she said.
Mazibuko said she was currently balancing between work and continuously learning Data Science to expand her skill set.
Mazibuko’s learning journey has been made easier since MTN provided them with learning tools which included Mifis and Data Bundles to easily access the learning materials.
The other students who completed training are Thabani Mabuza, Nontobeko Ngcamphalala, Tsepo Ndzinisa, and Zwelakhe Dlamini.