JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 2 December 2020 – Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions, has announced that its business in South Africa has clinched the Skills Award in the Africa Tech Week Awards 2020. This accolade recognises Sage’s investment into internships and skills programmes that support youth development and promote career awareness in the technology sector.
Sage was also shortlisted for two Future of HR awards – the Best Learning & Development Strategy and Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion. Presented by Topco media, the Africa Tech Week Awards and Future of HR awards acknowledge the African companies that are at the forefront of the digital and technological revolution.
“At Sage, we recognise that skills development, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, will be central in the development of our business and the wider South African economy in the decade to come,” says Pieter Bensch, Executive Vice President, Sage Africa & Middle East.
“We have made significant investments in multifaceted training and development programmes over the past few years, with a view to helping the youth, entrepreneurs, unemployed and non-profits build the competencies they need to thrive in a digital world. We are proud to have received recognition for these efforts in this year’s Africa Tech Week Awards.”
Sage’s training and development initiatives include:
- A 12-month internship programme – In the last financial year, Sage hired 72 interns in different parts of the business and empowered them with work readiness training and working experience. The programme continues in the current financial year with an intake of 60 interns.
- Bursary programmes – In the 2019/2020 financial year, Sage introduced bursaries for employees who are furthering their studies through registered institutions. It also provided 30 previously disadvantaged youth and 41 youth living with disabilities with financial support to further their studies through registered public universities.
- Training for unemployed people – Sage trained more than ten unemployed people on Sage products, helping them build skills and become more employable.
- Sage Bootcamp Training – Sage provided 100 unemployed people with Sage software training on a 21-day bootcamp. Beneficiaries will become more employable and gain entrepreneurial skills that enable them to, for example, provide bookkeeping for small businesses or NGOs.
Sage is committed to doing business in the right way and making meaningful, sustainable contributions to communities through Sage Foundation. This includes addressing unemployment, participation of previously disadvantaged individuals in the South African economy and skills development via initiatives such as:
- STEM education – Through Sage Foundation, Sage partners with non-profit organisations that promote education and career development through STEM skills. Sage Foundation provides grants to different partners to deliver programmes such as robotics workshops, provision of digital libraries in rural communities, and mentoring and coaching on ICT and STEM projects. Partners include Girl Code, Social Coding, First Robotics and the University of Tshwane (for the First Lego League); Participate for Good and the Nelson Mandela Digital Library project; Codemakers NPC; and The Tomorrow Trust.
- Sage FutureMakers – This programme provides hands-on experience with advanced digital technology skills for young people aged between 13 and 17. Sage FutureMakers is now in its second phase, with the programme launched to 500 young people in five countries.
- Colleague volunteer time – Every Sage colleague is entitled to take five paid days to volunteer in their local communities. Through action philanthropy, our volunteering initiatives support the broader purpose of exposing young people and women to careers and opportunities in the technology sector.