Datacentrix has introduced a graduate training programme focused on local skills development, working closely with enterprise information management (EIM) player OpenText.

Datacentrix has selected 10 graduates from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban for the year-long programme, which includes intensive training on OpenText solutions as well as on softer business skills, such as business etiquette and correspondence.

The graduate group, which is split equally between men and women, was chosen following a rigorous selection process based on their tertiary studies and one-on-one interviews.

“This will be the first foray into employment for many of the selected graduates,” says Matthew Cook, business unit manager: EIM at Datacentrix. “It is therefore crucial that they also gain a proper understanding of skills, such as meeting etiquette and business administration, to complete the year as well-rounded professionals within the local technology space.

“The advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills in South Africa is a subject that is of great importance to OpenText,” he explains. “Our young talent must be nurtured in order succeed in the digital world, and it is for this reason that we are pleased to be involved in the initiative.

“All of the students selected have earned a BSc or equivalent degree and have already built skills across a number of programming languages, including Java C++, C# and HTML, to name a few. Importantly though, they also embody other strategic qualities, such as being results driven, analytical and enthusiastic.”

The new recruits will undergo four OpenText “boot-camps” over the next year, alongside an extensive e-learning component, providing a deep understanding into the technical and business benefits of OpenText’s EIM solutions.

Cook adds: “This programme represents the start of an exhilarating journey for these graduates; providing them with the right tools to embrace this opportunity and forge ahead.”