Skills development grant programme boosts scarce skills

2016-09-21 06:00

THE NMB Municipality is tackling the lack of skills development within the Infrastructure and Engineering sector by rolling out an Infrastructure Skills Development Grant Mentorship Programme for unemployed graduates.

This National Treasury funded programme will go a long way towards enhancing capacity and building a pool of resources for local government infrastructure delivery through training and registration with various built environment statutory councils.

It will also professionalise and strengthen local government skills capacity for sustainability and delivery of infrastructure.

To date, the programme has yielded profound results at NMBM. In total, 43 graduates enrolled in the mentorship programme during Phase 1: 11 Electrical Engineering Technicians in Electricity and Energy; 6 Construction Project Managers (CPM); 6 Geographical Information Science Technologists (GIS) in Human Settlements and 20 Civil Engineering bursars in the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate.

Since the initiative started in 2013, 70% of the 43 young unemployed graduates will be completing the programme and obtaining their professional registration at the end of this year. Phase 2 will be rolled out in January 2017 and will be extended to Electrical Technologists and Engineers, Environmental Scientists, Architects, Town Planners and Property Valuers.

Speaking to the 43 graduates who are currently going through the programme, Infrastructure and Engineering Mayoral Committee Member, Councillor Annette Lovemore, said, “We are very proud of our Electricity and Energy Directorate for hosting this programme. Equally, we are extremely excited about the potential of the programme. This initiative is in line with this administration’s commitment to create opportunities and to deliver better services.” – REPORTER

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