The SA BRICS Business Council is seeking talented emerging tech professionals in South Africa for the BRICS Future Skills Challenge. As per the recent announcement, the upcoming BRICS Future Skills Challenge will focus on addressing energy, water, and health-related challenges faced by South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
The programme is set to occur from September 12th to 15th, 2023, in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a combination of in-person and virtual formats. The council plans to accommodate numerous participants and aims to choose 120 individuals from South Africa, covering their travel costs. These selected participants will collaborate with subject experts to address practical issues within their specific skill domains.
Applicants who are eligible for the BRICS Future Skills Challenge include university and TVET college students, as well as professionals between the ages of 16 and 35. Participants will have the chance to compete against their counterparts from other BRICS nations, either as individuals or as part of a team.
According to Joanne Brink, the founder of TechWays and project lead at BRICS Future Skills, participating in the challenge offers significant advantages. She emphasized that chosen participants would receive training, exposure to real-world case studies, and an international experience that would enhance their CVs.
Additionally, participants will receive certificates and have the opportunity to benchmark their skills on a global scale. Exceptional performers will also have the chance to network with potential employers and establish themselves as recognized top talents in South Africa.
Brink stated, “The competition will not only showcase the skills of our tech professionals but also help identify areas where there is a skills deficit. This knowledge will guide us in focusing our efforts to build a pipeline of future tech skills in South Africa.”
To equip participants for the challenge, training sessions led by industry experts will be conducted via webinars on Saturdays throughout August. The competition will encompass various skill categories, including aircraft maintenance, Agri IOT, building information modeling, cyber security, data science, digital twin, drones, internet marketing, manufacturing robotics, mobile app development, renewable energy, and robotic process automation.
Individuals who are interested can submit their applications for the BRICS Future Skills Challenge here until June 30, 2023.