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Empowering South African Youth with Microsoft 365: CTU’s Game-Changing Initiative

At CTU Training Solutions, we’re excited to share our latest success story: the Microsoft 365 for Socio-Economic Development Project 2024. This fantastic initiative, in partnership with Microsoft, is all about equipping young South Africans with critical tech skills to boost their employability and support our country’s economic growth.

Why This Project Matters

In our rapidly digitizing world, knowing your way around cloud technologies like Microsoft 365 is essential. South Africa faces a significant tech skills gap, and we’re here to bridge it. By training 140 young individuals, aged 18-35, many of whom are unemployed or underemployed, we’re giving them the tools they need to succeed and thrive in today’s job market.

What We Taught

Our curriculum was designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft 365, from the basics to advanced administrative roles. Here’s what our learners dived into:

  • Microsoft 365 Fundamentals (MS-900): Basics of cloud concepts, core Microsoft services, security, compliance, privacy, and trust.
  • Microsoft 365 Administrator (MS-102): Managing and configuring Microsoft 365 environments.
  • Copilot for Microsoft 365 for Administrators (MS-4006): Advanced insights into using AI to enhance administrative functions.

Plus, we ran workshops on CV building and preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) workplace, ensuring our learners are ready to hit the ground running.

How We Made Learning Fun

We believe that learning should be engaging and interactive. That’s why we used a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face instruction with virtual sessions. Our experienced Microsoft Certified Trainers facilitated the sessions, ensuring high levels of engagement and interaction. Learning about cloud concepts and AI tools doesn’t have to be dull – and our trainers made sure it wasn’t!

Real Voices, Real Impact

Here’s what some of our stars had to say:

  • Muhammed Momadi: “Mr. Musa M. did a great job explaining each aspect thoroughly. He also mentioned other relevant sources and aspects in relevant topics, which broadened our understanding significantly.”
  • Nandy Rabebe: “The training improved me because now I understand things about Microsoft that I didn’t know before. The instructor knows how to do his job well, making it easy to follow along.”
  • Mohammed Gumede: “The hands-on experience with Copilot was particularly valuable. It’s amazing to see how it can streamline tasks and improve efficiency across Microsoft apps.”
Looking Ahead

We’re thrilled with the success of the Microsoft 365 for Socio-Economic Development Project, but we’re not stopping here. We’re already planning to expand the scope of our training to include more advanced modules and integrate additional AI components. Our goal is to keep pace with global technological advancements and ensure our learners are always ahead of the curve.


At CTU Training Solutions, we’re passionate about making a difference. Our partnership with Microsoft is just one of the many ways we’re empowering South African youth, driving socio-economic development, and fostering a brighter future for all.

Join us on this journey and be a part of the change. Together, we’re building a tech-savvy generation ready to take on the world!