‘Upskilling the youth will uplift the economy’

2019-05-29 06:01
photo: andile sitholeAt the graduation are (seated, from left)Sekgwadu Chepape, Wilson Khoza(speaker of uMvoti Municipality),Thamsanqa Ngubane(Mayor), Nomvula Masikane and other guest speakers with the graduates.

photo: andile sitholeAt the graduation are (seated, from left)Sekgwadu Chepape, Wilson Khoza(speaker of uMvoti Municipality),Thamsanqa Ngubane(Mayor), Nomvula Masikane and other guest speakers with the graduates.

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SKILLS development programmes play an integral part in improving the economy of a country and equipping people with better skills.

This emerged at a graduation ceremony held at the Greytown Town Hall last week when 15 students received certificates after completing a nine-month training course in building and civil construction.

The students completed a course called 65409 NC: Building and Civic Construction.

The Department of Environmental Affairs, in partnership with uMvoti Municipality and Pioneer Skills Development Institute, spearheaded the programme.

uMvoti Municipality Mayor Thamsanqa Ngubane urged the graduates to choose careers that will equip them with skills.

He advised the youth to pursue careers that will contribute to the Gross Domestic Products and that uplift the economy.

“The issue of unemployment among the youth is a challenge.

“It’s important for the youth to acquire the skills that are required in the economic sector.

“The economy has become advanced. It transforms itself and becomes more advanced, it only attracts and absorbs people with skills.

“If you don’t have skills, there is no way that you can succeed,” Ngubane said.

The mayor said the new graduates acquired the immediate skills that are in high demand across the country.

“There is a high number of unemployed youth, especially young women. But if you investigate what the factors at play are that are giving back to unemployment, you will discover that lack of skill is a critical factor.

“To turn the situation around is to ensure that we equip and arm young people with skills.

“Again, there is a new phenomenon, many students graduated at universities but still they are outside the economic mainstream and we need to study that phenomenon,”Ngubane said.

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