As part of the roll out of the 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspot throughout Joburg, the CoJ will be capacitating approximately three thousand (3,000) Digital Ambassadors to train its residents to utilise and benefit from the broadband connections in their areas.
The CoJ has partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment’s School of Electrical Engineering who will act as a Capacity Support Agent for the Digital Ambassadors. Entrepreneurial youth will be able to apply as Digital Ambassadors through Jozi@Work mechanisms. Three thousand (3,000) will be selected, capacitated and deployed in designated suburbs as identified in the CoJ’s spatial targeted areas.
These Digital Ambassadors will be trained in digital, business and life skills as well as mentored by UJ students. They will further be provided with tablets, branded clothing and marketing material to reach a targeted 720,000 residents of the CoJ over an 18 month period. Residents will be trained to for example to access online services including banking and digital map navigation as well as interact with platforms such as Jozi@Work and job-search tools.
Through the Digital Ambassadors Programme ‘job seekers’ will be turned into ‘job makers’ to provide very crucial services in the utilization of the high speed broadband of the city. In addition to increasing the digital footprint of the city, the programme will further create a platform for innovation, economic growth and community development.
How to apply
Recruitment and assessment of 3 000 Digital Ambassadors has begun through Vulindlel’ eJozi – a youth programme by the City in partnership with Harambee Youth Accelerator, which is a youth empowerment non-governmental organisation.
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