Liquid Intelligent Technologies has opened the first Innovation and Digital Skills Centre (IDSC) in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Liquid Internet Technologies launched the IDSC in partnership with South Africaโ€™s Department of Communications and Digital Technologies and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government.

Liquid have said that the launch of the IDSC is part of their commitment commitment to fostering innovation and building digital skills, even in the remotest part of South Africa.

โ€œAs we stand at the cusp of the 4IR, digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big Data, Robotics, 3D technologies and many more have become the means and solutions to many of the worldโ€™s problems. We believe that empowering the youth with the necessary technological skills will prepare them to thrive in todayโ€™s digital age and become part of the digital revolution. The opening of the center is a realization of our commitment to future-ready local communities, upskilling the youth and accelerating digital adoption among entrepreneurs based in the Eastern Cape,โ€ said Deon Geyser, Chief Executive Officer Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa.

๐Ÿ“ท (L โ€“ R) Premier Eastern Cape Provincial Government, Honourable Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane officially; The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Honourable Stella Ndabeni Abrahams (MP) and Craig van Rooyen, Chief Commercial Officer Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa.

According to Liquid, communities close to the centers will be exposed to local learning and business opportunities. It is also hoped that the IDSC will serve as a technology hub where learners and entrepreneurs can equip themselves with the latest and most relevant digital skills.

As part of the learnerships, the courses on offer will include:

  • Microsoft Office Fundamentals: In this training course, learners will learn basic Word, Excel, and Outlook skills.
  • Introduction to Design Thinking: This course will introduce learners to the Design Thinking process and illustrate best practices for each step along the way.
  • Introduction to C#: This is part of a three-part course where learners will be taken through the fundamentals, object-oriented programming concepts and instruction on data structures and algorithms.

โ€œA key aspect of economic development and growth is the ability to enhance competitiveness through skills and competencies that are on par with international markets. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies pro-actively developed the National Digital and Future Skills strategy to keep pace with the advancement of technology," said Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

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