Upliftment of disadvantaged communities, education and technical skills training for future growth and development are the cornerstone of the company CSI programmes. Support is channeled to sustainable projects that address a social need and ultimately offer a better quality of life to beneficiaries.

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Throughout the year, Ansys and its subsidiaries support various learnership initiatives:

Ansys Rail teamed up with Skills Development Corporation (SDC) to provide 50 unemployed black youth, both male and female, with an opportunity to complete an NQF level qualification in “technical support”. 80% of the youth are disabled. The programme, operated in partnership with the Media, Information & Communication Technology Seta, commenced in July 2016 and end in June 2017.The programme is structured to provide practical hands- on learning during the first six months, while the learners gain practical experience at suitable companies and government departments for the last six months. Once they graduate with a registered national qualification, they will be able to commence their working careers or be registered for an additional learnership programme sponsored by Ansys. During the year, the company invested R2.3 million in this programme.

Parsec, together with SDC, invested R3.7 million in supporting 71 black learners, of which 50 were disabled, in providing a NQF level 2 learnership programme registered with the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sectors (MICT) SETA on wholesale and retail operations.

Tedaka Network Solutions together with Bytes Technology Group, contributed R1 million to skills development by providing 16 unemployed black youth with learnerships opportunities. Five of the learners were disabled. The learnerships programmes were registered with MICTSETA and were in-line with the NQF framework. The programme offered experience in end-user computing (NQF level 3), technical support (NQF level 4) and system support (NQF level 5). The programmes are structured to provide both theory and workplace practical learning whereby four months is used for theory and eight months for workplace practical learning. After the completion of learnerships some of the learners were offered internships by Tedaka whilst others were registered for higher learnership levels.