Assisting the youth with skills training

2015-06-10 06:01

AS part of their Youth Month activities, Msunduzi Municipality will launch a R2 million Youth Build Skills project that will see 100 youngsters learning plumbing, building and civil construction skills.

In partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the municipality will co-fund the project launch and graduation of the youth and pay each student a stipend over 12 months, starting from July.

The project, accepted at last Thursday’s executive committee meeting, targets 100 unemployed young people who have been out of school for the past three years and “are becoming prone to risky behaviours due to their circumstances”.

The youth will be provided with a technical short-skills development intervention that will assist in generating income for their families.

“The identified training will be skills programmes in plumbing, building and civil construction at NQF level three with a core module on health and safety for all participants,” read the report.

Further to the skills training the youth will receive “start-up funding” through the grant programme “so that the young people can purchase tools for small businesses”.

The Msunduzi Municipality is also expected to provide funding for the ­students’ stipends and safety clothing for a year.

“Providing an exit plan for these youth does not necessarily mean Msunduzi will employ them. but we will assist via the contractor to provide exit opportunities,” said Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela.

The project is expected to launch in July when a project site and contractor is located

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