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Youth to benefit from R7, 9 billion skills programme

Unem­ployed youth has received a major boost to the tune of R7, 9 bil­lion for skills train­ing and job cre­ation pro­grammes.

Unem­ploy­ment Insur­ance Fund (UIF) and the Com­pen­sa­tion Fund (CF) in part­ner­ship with 32 state-owned train­ing providers and insti­tu­tions pledged to train about to 160 000 learn­ers.

The aim of the pro­gramme is to cre­ate jobs and entre­pre­neurs for youth through­out the coun­try in the next few years.

The gov­ern­ment launched the pro­grammes in Bal­li­to, KwaZu­lu-Natal.

Siph­e­sih­le Mad­lose, is one learn­er fund­ed by the Depart­ment of Labour to study med­i­cine at the Uni­ver­si­ty of KwaZu­lu-Natal,

“I hope the Depart­ment of Labour does this for oth­ers,”  said Mdlalose.

In a state­ment on Wednes­day, Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­den­cy respon­si­ble for Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion, Dr Nkosazana Dlami­ni-Zuma  heaped praise on UIF’s Labour Action Pro­grammes (LAP).

She encour­aged the Depart­ment of Labour to upscale  the pro­gramme  to the youth in rur­al and town­ship areas.

“We want Labour Depart­ment to mar­ket this pro­gramme on a huge scale so that all the youth, those from poor areas can also ben­e­fit.

The launch of these projects, through the Labour Acti­va­tion Pro­gramme, will go a long way in address­ing unem­ploy­ment, skills devel­op­ment and stim­u­lat­ing eco­nom­ic growth in our coun­try,” said Dlami­ni-Zuma.

She called on pri­vate sec­tor to part­ner with the Depart­ment of Labour to address the social ills of the coun­try, unem­ploy­ment and job preser­va­tion for our youth.

Labour Min­is­ter, Mil­dred Oliphant told her Depart­ment had a duty to trans­form the labour mar­ket and cre­ate jobs.

“The train­ing will equip learn­ers with crit­i­cal skills to enable them to com­pete for jobs in the labour mar­ket or ven­ture into their own busi­ness­es.

“Through the Labour Acti­va­tion Pro­grammes, we have fund­ed train learn­ers in var­i­ous fields, includ­ing pilot­ing, scu­ba div­ing and farm­ing,” said Oliphant.

She said, adding that the funds would train oth­er learn­ers to become doc­tors, psy­chol­o­gists and nurs­es.

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