Samsung Electronics celebrates and awards top achievers

Two hundred and fourteen students have today graduated from the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy as part of the company’s broader goal to develop skilled electronics technicians and engineers across the country by bridging the skills gap that is occasioned by lack of resources.
The academy which was launched five years ago, has seen students graduate with hands-on, practical skills at no cost, enabling them to move into jobs after they graduate. To date, 39 of the 214 students have already been placed Samsung repair centres.
Samsung South Africa vice president and managing director, Mr Han, said: ” The Academy’s primary goal is to develop Technicians, Technologists and Engineers across the country to address the critical technical and engineering skills shortage that exists in the job market. As Samsung we shape the future with transformative ideas and technologies. As a result the desire to equip young people with latest global technological skills to assist them compete effectively in the job market is what drives us to initiate such noble ideas, and the academy is part of our global company broader goal to develop skilled technicians and engineers across the country.”
The Africa continent faces a critical shortage of technical and engineering skills. The continent’s young people also fall behind in physical sciences and engineering. “Part of Samsung’s social and business responsibilities is therefore to promote sustainable social development that supports communities where we operate,” added Han.
The academy is part of Samsung’s global ‘Hope for Children’ initiative, which places a strategic focus on bringing attention to the worldwide need for
childhood education and healthcare in an effort to improve communities worldwide.

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