First youth trainees graduate

2016-05-17 06:00

The first 100 youth from the Klipfontein district have graduated from a youth skills programme which will enable them to sustain their careers once they have found a job.

Anthony Moses, deputy Mayco member for social development says: “We have a number of youth who are living in our community who do not have the necessary skills – or have only very limited skills – to enter a particular career.

“What we are doing as the City of Cape Town is to engage youth members in our community and see how we can prepare them for the job market.”

The capacity building training is over a period of time, starting from two weeks, whereby candidates are taken through a job readiness programme.

Moses says the period can vary, with certain programmes lasting up to three months.

“We teach them how to do interviews and how to conduct themselves in the workplace. We take them through the basic conditions of employment and CV writing skills.”

“What we are doing is preparing them for the next level of how to enter the job market,” he adds.

Fifteen youth from the Heideveld community graduated from the programme on Friday 13 May.

Moses adds that more programmes are in the offing heading into June, which is Youth Month.

“As we are entering Youth Month, towards 16 June, there are a number of programmes running throughout the wards and across the city,” he says.

“Most of these programmes will be finished by the end of June, where we will deal with things such as substance abuse, as well as train youth in home-based care. Youth are also being trained basic gardening skills, a poverty alleviation project, early childhood development as well as dealing with women and gender issues.”

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