Unemployed youth benefit from portable skills programme

2016-04-07 06:00

THE task of local government working to address the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality is proving successful throughout Ugu District Municipality’s Local Economic Development Unit’s (LED) Portable Skills Programme that has shone a beacon of hope to 64 youth from around the district.

The municipality partnered with local municipalities and Esayidi TVET College and trained 64 students in welding, gate automation, plumbing and small appliance repairs, giving them the opportunity to fend for themselves through these skills.

An awards ceremony was held recently where they were awarded certificates­ relating to skills training accomplished.

Over and above the certificates, the group that completed small appliance skills training were given toolkits.

The graduates consisted of 15 welding students from Vulamehlo Municipality­, 12 gate automation students­ from Hibiscus Coast Municipality­, 30 plumbing students from Umzumbe and Ezinqoleni municipalities­ and eight small appliance repair students from Umuziwabantu Municipality.

Addressing guests at the awards the member of the Ugu Executive Committee­, Cllr Moosa Manyoni highlighted that the Ugu District Municipality established the LED Portable Skills Programme with a vision of eliminating the scarcity of skills facing the youth.

Manyoni said the establishment of the programme was also to fulfil several objectives such as employment creation­, SMME Development and investment in human capital.

The municipality’s focus on the programme was to impart portable skills to employment seekers, particularly the youth.

The programme was intended to serve the dual purpose of equipping participants with skills that improve their employability or alternatively their ability to improve livelihood through starting small and micro enterprises.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.

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