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.