Mobile device

Industry body to fill the gap in mobile device repairs, electronic waste

The South African Mobile Device Distributors and Repairers Association (SAMDDRA) has proposed a number of new professional designations in the areas of mobile computing devices and electronic waste (e-waste).

These, she said, have the potential to create jobs, self-employment opportunities and better jobs for its members in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Statistics South Africa unemployment data for the period July to September shows the country’s unemployment rate to hit 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021, up from 34.4% in the second quarter.

The unemployment rate was found to be particularly high among young people, with young people aged 15-24 and 25-34 having the highest unemployment rates of 66.5% and 43.8%, respectively, for the period considered.

According to SAMDDRA, the suggested professional designations emanate from the new 4IR-related qualifications developed by MICT SETA and some additions from other sectoral education and training authorities.

Suggested professional designations include Mobile Computing Device Technician, Laptop Professional, Accessories and Peripherals Professional, Handheld Device Professional, Mobile Computing Repair Center Professional, and Computing Device Warehouse mobile.

In the e-waste industry, there is e-waste site management, e-waste collection and / or packaging, and professional designations of e-waste companies.

SAMDDRA Managing Director Mark Mpasa explains that it is expected to have a total of 67 new professional designations, noting that the first batch has already been submitted to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) for approval.

Mpasa says, “We have held a workshop with SAQA, so the journey towards the recognition of these professional designations by the country and their official approval is underway.

“These professional designations will be an industry title; it is a title that will show that you are excellent at what you do and that shows the level of education, experience and training obtained.

“We will also have assessments done by the SAMDDRA board for certification and accreditation, so that we can give those certificates to people.

“A professional designation must always be supported by an SAQA qualification, so you will need to obtain at least one SAQA qualification. From there, we can extend a professional designation – a person will still be tied to qualifications accredited by the SAQA.

Created through the ICT SMME chamber, SAMDDRA is a non-regulatory professional body for mobile computing devices. Membership in the industry organization is voluntary.

Earlier this year, SAMDDRA established a key partnership agreement with MICT SETA which aims to produce immediate impact on skills development and employment nationwide.

As they become available to the public in South Africa and the African region, SAMDDRA believes that professional designations have the power to empower a multitude of people and generate lasting opportunities for the industry to benefit individuals, organizations. , local and continental economies.

According to Mpasa, professional designations aim to validate and demonstrate that a person has improved their performance.

“SAMDDRA professional designations will have minimum entry requirements, an acquisition channel for professional designations… we will activate our members to actually lead operations, training and create the curriculum for participants.

“The format and duration of each professional title will be indicated and will be the subject of a precise description. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the employment, self-employment and business opportunities that will accompany each of the professional designations.