This video includes testimonials given by staff and members of AIDSL in Freetown Sierra Leone. In response to the desperate need for youth empowerment, DA in partnership with AIDSL is continuing to focus on the development of the skills level of youths with the goal of enabling them to seek and gain employment in both the formal and informal sectors in Sierra Leone.
Most of the beneficiaries had little or no computer experience. To them this was a “great opportunity” as one of them stated. Also for those who had had some previous computer knowledge, this was a very fruitful opportunity as it has helped improved their skills even more. At the completion of the training, certificates were awarded to the trainees. Five programs were covered in depth: Microsoft Windows, MS Words, MS Access, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint. A total of 13 participants received individual and group coaching / training.
Having good IT skills gives you a major advantage over those who do not. Even if a role is not an IT job per se, IT knowledge may give you an advantage over other candidates and help you once you are employed. Employees are expected to know the basics of IT in most jobs and there is an assumption that you are able to perform basic computer related tasks.
With IT playing such an important role in business today, good IT training, either in education or once in employment, can make an important difference. Testimonies were giving by some of the trainees expressing their happiness and how they expect the training to benefit them.