In addition to providing bursaries to promising students entering the field of ICT studies, ISPA is embarking on an ambitious project to place potential candidates in internship or learnership programmes with its member ISPs.

Skills development is a priority element of the B-BBEE scorecard that requires a measured entity to spend on the upskilling of its staff/external people, and it is a critical priority for South African ICT companies to nurture nascent talent in the sector.

ISPA wishes to position itself as an enabler of ICT skills development, in line with the National Skills Development Programme, to provide a platform for the recruitment of interns on learnership programmes for its ISP members and, potentially, the wider IT community at large. In addition to matching candidates with internships and learnership programmes, ISPA proposes to provide bursaries for training in SAQA accredited institutions through a strategic partnership with MICT SETA; thereby reducing the bureaucratic friction for its members in managing the accreditation process.

The ISPA Skills Development registry has been developed to address the challenges faced by younger job seekers who are unable to meet the skills requirements of employers in the sector. 

The ISPA skills development registry is designed to collect the personal particulars and experience of potential candidates seeking to enter into the ICT job market. 

The system will be used by ISPs to make learnership programmes available to those registered on the system and to source candidates that have been through a learnership programme and are now ready to be hired as full time employees. 

The system firstly provides an input form for candidates to select their fields of interest and/or experience. Subsequently, further questionnaires will be issued to have them rate their listed skills proficiencies. 

Companies wishing to provide internships and learnership opportunities can search the database by application/language/framework (e.g. CSS3, React, NodeJS, Symfony, etc.) or job function (web designer, systems administrator…), using a “faceted” search interface.