Training for city youth

2015-09-21 10:06
Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela (left), deputy minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana and NYDA chairperson Yershen Pillay with the R1?million cheque from NYDA.

Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela (left), deputy minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana and NYDA chairperson Yershen Pillay with the R1?million cheque from NYDA. (Supplied)

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UNEMPLOYED young people in Msunduzi have joined the YouthBuild programme to be trained as plumbers in a joint initiative to help the city and its youth.

The partnership between Msunduzi Municipality and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) was launched last week.

The programme will see 100 unemployed youth trained as plumbers who will assist in maintaining and developing sanitation infrastructure as well as offer skills to the youth.

“Through this YouthBuild Infrastructure Development Programme 100 youth will be trained as plumbers whilst they participate in community infrastructure development programmes on facilities such as schools, clinics and community housing,” said NYDA executive chairperson Yershen Pillay.

The project, to which the NYDA has contributed over R1,7 million, will target unemployed young people who are “becoming prone to risky behaviour” due to being out of school and unemployed.

The YouthBuild programme is a short skills development intervention to empower youth with technical skills and generate income.

Deputy minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana said at the launch that he was pleased to see that the majority of the students were female.

Ndlela “stressed” that the youth should sieze such opportunities with both hands and should become valuable skilled members of society.

“You should uplift your communities and neighbourhoods and be responsible adults and not depend on handouts.

“The government, through the Department of Higher Education, has given you a hand-up to start your own businesses, provide employment to others and also increase your employability chances,” said Ndlela.

He said plumbing is a highly sought-after skill in communities and the municipality.

“KZN is currently going through a drought season and plumbers help address water related faults,” added Ndlela.

The training identified for the project will be an accredited construction skills programme at NQF level 3 and it will be in the plumbing trade as identified by the municipality.

The programme is part of the Building and Civil Engineering Qualification approved by the Construction SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority).

Read more on:    msunduzi municipality  |  unemployed  |  youth

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