ISPA wishes to position itself as an enabler of ICT skills development, in line with the National Skills Development Programme, to provide a platform for the recruitment of interns on learnership programmes for its ISP members and potentially, the wider IT community at large. In addition to matching candidates with internships and learnership programmes, ISPA proposes to provide bursaries for training in SAQA accredited institutions through a strategic partnership with MICT SETA; thereby reducing the bureaucratic friction for its members in managing the accreditation process.
To support, develop and invest in the youth of South Africa.
To Improve the level of skills in the ISP industry by investing in skills development
To strengthen the information technology sector
To enable promising young candidates to pursue a career in the information technology sector by providing financial support to assist in covering IT and computer courses relevant to the ISP sector, at recognised TVET or higher education institutions.
*Please note that applications for the ISPA Insipres Bursary Programme are closed for 2023. Applications are set to open for 2024 toward the end of this year.
ISPA has a long history of promoting educators and since 2004 has been responsible for the Super Teacher of the Year award. This award recognised teachers who have excelled in using technology in the classroom. At the end of this programme in 2019, over 3000 teachers had completed the teachers training course.
ISPA has now moved its focus to concentrating on unemployed youth development in South Africa and will be awarding bursaries to promising young persons to achieve their ambitions in the Internet industry.
Requirements and eligibility
South African Citizens
Individuals recognised as youth age, as prescribed in the National Youth Policy
Individuals currently studying or intending to study at a recognised tertiary institution or vendor
Must not be funded by any other bursary
Priority will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals
Previous experience in the information technology industry is not a prerequisite for applying