Youth encouraged

2018-12-18 06:01
MEC for social development, Albert Fritz, addressing the youth.

MEC for social development, Albert Fritz, addressing the youth.

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Youth gathered at the I am Passion Youth Café in the Town Centre with MEC for social development, Albert Fritz, last week.

The 78 youths from the area were briefed on Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) internship opportunities offered by the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD).

The internships are facilitated through the Western Cape DSD Youth at Work programme which aims to upskill young people. Additional funding was received for this through the recent budget adjustments.

Included in this increase is the allocation of R1.45m for youth programmes which prioritise job and employment preparation interventions­.

Fritz says: “As government we are committed to creating opportunities for youth. Young people have a responsibility to use the opportunities available to advance themselves. Our internships will run for four months, and are intended to improve employability and give our interns exposure to the world of work. The successful candidates will be placed throughout the various DSD programmes in the Western Cape, including youth cafés.

“All of the candidates have already been interviewed and I look forward to my department contacting the successful candidates. I wish each young person who showed up to the challenge of applying every success in their future.”

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