New EPWP Recruitment Guidelines launched

2018-07-05 06:01

THE Minister of Public Works, Mr T.W. Nxesi, will, on June 28, launch the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Recruitment Guidelines at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

The EPWP Recruitment Guidelines have been developed by the Department of Public Works (DPW) after consultation with various stakeholders and were endorsed by the Department of Labour in December 2017. The aim of these guidelines is to ensure that the recruitment of the target group to participate in the EPWP is fair, transparent and equitable.

During the launch, Minister Nxesi will be joined by senior government leaders in the all three spheres of government. Subsequent to the launch, there will be a series of roadshows throughout the country to educate the public about these EPWP recruitment guidelines.

The event is also part of the Youth month celebrations under the theme: “Live the Legacy: Towards a socio-economic empowered youth”.

BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE EPWP

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is one of Government’s medium to long term strategies to reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty through the creation of work opportunities using labour-intensive methods. The EPWP is implemented in four sectors, namely — Infrastructure, Social, Environment and Culture and Non-State. All spheres of government and State-Owned Entities are expected to implement the programme.

The EPWP Participants (beneficiaries) work in different projects like Community Work Programme (CWP), Early Childhood Development Programmes, Home Community Based Care Programmes, Extra School Support Programmes, Working on Fire, Working for Water, Roads Maintenance Projects, etc.

Through various skills and training that the participants receive from the EPWP, they (participants) stand a better chance to enter the formal job market and/or become entrepreneurs.

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