Expo aims to reduce youth skill shortages

2011-01-28 00:00

THE Msunduzi Youth Advisory Centre (YAC) in partnership with Busisizwe Communications is hosting a three-day learnership awareness expo aimed at addressing the problem of skills shortages among young people in Pietermaritzburg.

The event at Freedom Square ends today.

Skills education training authorities (Setas), government departments and the private sector were invited to share information with the city’s young people about various career opportunities.

John Singh of Msunduzi YAC said, “The main purpose of the expo is to address the current state of unemployment in our city through providing information on learnerships and their potential to provide vital skills which lead to employment opportunities.”

Singh said that because of the disruptions experienced by the 2010 matriculants a considerable number of students may have been disadvantaged and may not have met the necessary requirements to enter into tertiary institutions.

Sibusisiwe Msimang, founder of Busisizwe Communications, said, “We were aiming to create an information-sharing platform to lead to economic development for the Msunduzi youth and surrounding communities.”

She said she would have liked to see young people attend the expo in great numbers, but due to lack of funding many of them from rural areas, who desperately need the information, were unable to catch buses.

Phakama Nkosi, the CEO of the energy Seta, said his agency was attending the expo for the second time because the energy and water industries have not attracted many young black people who still lack expertise in this field.

“Our aim is to encourage them to do maths and science because most of our learnerships require those subjects,” added Nkosi.

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