ZTE commits to boost corporate social investments in South Africa

2378957523 0523e5c8a4 b(Image source: hdptcar/Flickr)ZTE South Africa, part of ZTE, a global leader in the provision of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has committed itself to improving the skills of South African youth

One new initiative is a formal graduate training and internship scheme. Stephen Leie, HR Manager at ZTE says that technology graduates often lack exposure to current IT technologies, as well as business experience. This programme aims to provide both an opportunity for recent graduates to work with cutting-edge technology and to gain work experience. Leie says that because technology is developing so fast, and the skills are in such high demand by business, it is not surprising that universities and colleges cannot keep up.

"Statistics tell us that joblessness is running at 50 per cent amongst our youth, which constitutes a crisis in any terms," says Leie. "It's also a missed opportunity for the economy because it means we are missing out on the contribution of millions of people in their prime – a sheer waste of talent that could benefit us all."

Recruitment for ZTE's internship programme, which will begin in June 2017, has already begun. The corporation aims to employ 10 electrical engineering and computer science graduates for a year, during which time they will receive a market-related stipend. At the end of the year, says Leie, the most promising will be offered full-time employment, while the others will be much more marketable as they will have work-related experience. 

A key benefit for interns will be the exposure to world-class research. ZTE is opening a new R&D facility at its new head office in Woodmead – one of only five such centres worldwide. Interns will thus gain experience not only in cutting-edge research but also how to adapt it for commercialisation.

ZTE South Africa, CEO and Chairman, Liu Haishi, highlights that graduate recruitment programme is only one of the company's initiatives aimed at growing its involvement in the South African market through community upliftment.

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