Samsung Electronics SA Hosts its 4th Annual Electronics Academy Graduation Ceremony

Feb 12. 2015

Graduates from the Samsung Academy inspire local community


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 12 February 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa is proud to announce that 237 students from the class of 2014 graduated from the Samsung Electronics Academy at a ceremony held in Kwa-Thema, Springs yesterday. This is the 4th class to graduate from the Academy since its inception in 2010.


Each year, the Academy sees learners participate in a one year sponsored curriculum that supports practical learning to improve public and secondary school education. In order to achieve this, Samsung has formed partnerships with key technology facilitators in every region in which it operates, to ensure a comprehensive method is applied to expose students to industry specific skills. This includes investing in projects that create new jobs, such as the development of educational facilities, as well as investing in partners’ operations that will have a transformative effect on local communities.


Jacob Lechaba, the top achiever in the class of 2014, says “Samsung’s Electronics Academy helped me entertain my passion for electronics, whereas previously it was only a dream. I was able to make a conscious decision to work hard and dedicate myself to my career because the opportunity was available to me. I would like to congratulate the class of 2014 and encourage the new learners to make the most of this awesome opportunity.”  


The programme is aligned to Samsung’s ‘Hope for Children’ initiative which aims to impact 5 million lives across Africa through education and medical support, by 2015.


“Samsung is committed to bridging the digital gap by contributing innovative technologies and solutions to underprivileged people in developing areas,” says Pitso Kekana, Head of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “This ensures that students are better qualified to find employment– a commitment that supports the South African government’s drive to address the challenge of youth unemployment.”


The Academy is an institution of excellence which provides free basic, intermediate and advanced  hands-on training to learners in schools in the Ekurhuleni Municipality, such as Katlehong Technical High School, Fumana Secondary High School, Lundulwazi Secondary School and Vosloorus Comprehensive High. Further Education and Training (FET) colleges that are also involved in the program include Sedibeng College, South West Gauteng College, Ekurhuleni East Collage and Ekurhuleni West Collage.


“In addition to giving students greater access to education, Samsung is also improving job prospects of graduates by involving them in various partner businesses, as well as Samsung initiatives. Of the current graduates, 84 students are in the interview process for a job at Samsung’s Factory plant in KZN. An example of another one of Samsung’s initiatives that could benefit the graduates would be the enterprise program, which assists students in establishing their own businesses using the skills acquired in this academy, ensuring that there is continuity in the skills attained in training. We are very proud of the class of 2014,” concludes Kekana.


About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems and semiconductors. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Digital Health and Smart Home initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries. To discover more, please visit our official website at www.samsung.com and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com


For further information, please contact:


Pearl Ndlazi
Epic Communications
011 784 4790
079 021 5006
pearl@epiccommunications.co.za

Andra-Lee Shimmin
Samsung Electronics South Africa
011 549 1627
082 553 2302
andralee.s@samsung.com