eThekwini launches skills audit

2015-10-14 06:00

THE eThekwini Municipality is committed to assisting residents unlock their potential and develop into a qualified and professional work force thereby improving employment and business development. This will be achieved through the community skills audit programme. Residents are encouraged to register on the municipal skills database, available at Sizakala centres and councillors’ offices. The database will be used to identify existing educational qualifications and skills in the community and provide an analysis of further education and training needed to develop these skills. The community skills audit was launched at the beginning of the month at the Durban City Hall. The collection of data will run for the duration of the month and is only open to eThekwini residents. eThekwini Mayor Cllr Jams Nxumalo said the programme will allow unemployed youth to be equipped with a new skill or find employment if they already have a qualification. “Skills are the back bone of economic development. This is one of the interventions we are making to connect people with education and training opportunities. This will allow under-utilised human capital to be efficiently utilised,” Nxumalo said. Nxumalo said the municipality is exploring skills and educational levels of residents. “Eighteen wards in the South Durban Basin have collected over 4 200 questionnaires from the community already. The skills audit will further look at existing businesses and identify gaps for developmental purposes.” If you have a formal qualification and a set of skills, visit your ward councillor’s office or Sizakala Centre for skills registration. You can also register online at - Supplied.

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