Yupp assists matrics

2017-02-23 06:00

The Youth Unemployment Prevention Project (YUPP) held its 9th Annual Post School Opportunities Seminar at the Lydia Centre in District 6, where it also runs a walk-in centre for youth seeking assistance with employment, education, training and funding opportunities.

Mr. Trevor Manuel, the former Minister of Finance and one of the keynote speakers, encouraged youth to take up the opportunities provided by YUPP to improve their chances of becoming gainfully employed.

Mr. Lorenzo Davids, CEO of Community Chest, another keynote speaker, provided youth with a 15 point plan for success, and also offered bursaries to the 2016 Matriculants who attended the seminar.

The seminar was directed by Tarryn de Reuck, a 2010 beneficiary of YUPP, and now a YUPP volunteer and third year student at CPUT. Mr. Manuel, who has been supporting YUPP since 2010, remarked how Tarryn has grown in confidence from volunteering at YUPP.

Organisations that attended the seminar and provided opportunities to the matriculants and school leavers included the College of Cape Town, Falsebay College, Northlink College, Services SETA, W&R SETA, the Department of Labour, and SellDirect.

Matriculants and school leavers from over 15 high schools around Cape Town attended the seminar.

Feedback from the seminar was very positive. A 2016 matriculant from Langa High School said the seminar, “has given me direction to go further and also taught me a lot of opportunities I did not know about”. A 2016 matriculant from Zonnebloem Nest Senior Secondary School said, “Here are many opportunities available to me, and just because I haven’t made a choice, it’s never too late”. A 2016 matriculant from Athlone High said: “It taught me a lot about believing in yourself and to set goals for yourself”. Another Langa High matriculant said, “I learnt that even if you failed your matric you must not give up because it’s not the end of the world”. School leavers who are still seeking employment, education, training , are encouraged to WhatsApp or SMS their details and requests to 079 622 0934, or email their details to yuppwhatsapp@gmail.com, so an appointment can be set up to help .

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