YTIC, an ICT lab with work space for youth, young entrepreneurs and start-ups in Tonga.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed in the entrepreneurial world and the ICT field".
Generally, schools in Tonga are only able to provide limited business ICT education. This is mostly due to limited access to hardware and appropriately skilled teachers/trainers. As a result, many school leavers lack the core skills required by the modern work environment. Whilst a proportion of school leavers are able to move onto higher education, either in Tonga or abroad, many are left behind.
The purpose of this new facility aims to establish an ICT “lab” with work space where TYEE registered youth can have access to computer hardware, software, appropriate guidance and training in order to upskill themselves. Broadly, the aim of this lab would be to provide a one stop shop to facilitate training and support in the following areas:
Initially the focus would be on "preparedness" for the “International Computer Driver License (ICDL)” in addition to youth employment and entrepreneurship pathways. This is a globally recognized standard of competency that students can study for and take online assessments in order to gain vital qualifications. Currently there is a no official ICDL testing center available in Tonga. However, with suitable demand there is no reason that a test center could not be established. With the focus of ICDL, participating youth will be gaining valuable skills for their own development.
YTIC new space is ready to assist our youth
Participants in the training will receive ICT training, combined with our already established, TYEE Youth Entrepreneurship Program providing the core skills and capability-building support for young entrepreneurs in Tonga. At the same time, the YTIC will have access to existing TYEE facilities and services in Nuku’alofa, to encourage a greater proportion of school leavers to access essential training, opportunities and support.
Our valued Partners who have proudly and generously sponsored and donated to the set up of the YTIC!
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