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Huawei training programmes pave the way for young women

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

Huawei graduates Kutloano Dipela and Marguerite Strydom

As the world celebrates International Girls in ICT Day this week, Huawei South Africa has taken practical steps to encourage young women to enter the telecommunication engineering space.

Huawei chief operating officer Christina Naidoo says the company has set a quota of 50% female intake in three key youth intake/training programmes.

Our bursary programme, our graduate programme and our Seeds for the Future study trip to China will all benefit from the greater representation of women and girls.

Christina Naidoo, COO - Huawei

While our current projects support students at tertiary level, we are planning a bring-a-girl-child-to-work project, where we will invite girls from high schools around our businesses to visit our campus to view our latest technologies and hopefully inspire more women to join the sector.

Christina Naidoo, COO - Huawei

Huawei’s women empowerment initiatives, which include the Graduate Programme, have already produced graduates who are now empowered for a bright future in information and communications technology.

Two young women who succeeded in the programme are Kutloano Dipela and Marguerite Strydom

We were really impressed with the commitment shown by Kutloano and Marguerite. They helped to demonstrate Huawei’s belief that women have so much more to contribute to ICT. All they need is better opportunities. One can only imagine what they will achieve for our company and our industry as their careers evolve.

Christina Naidoo, COO - Huawei

Dipela said she found the Huawei Graduate Programme “intense” but was inspired by the knowledge she had gained.

It brought home to me that to succeed, one needs to always be learning and to keep the customer at the centre of everything we do.

Kutloano Dipela, Network assistant engineer - Hauwei



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