Workplace experience for Gauteng youth

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pretoria – Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says the province will create more opportunities for the youth to gain workplace experience.

“In the year ahead, working in collaboration with business and the [Sector Education and Training Authority], we will ensure that a further 6 500 young people are placed in learnerships, internships and workplace to gain experiential learning.

“Our skills for industry programme will result in the training of 2 255 artisans and technicians up to 2016 in the automotive, ICT and other sectors,” said Mokonyane in the 2013 State of the Province Address.

She said the provincial government will work closely with the national Department of Higher Education to ensure that young people and industry take advantage of the opportunities offered through the repositioning of Further Education and Training colleges.

This, she said, was linked to the automobile sector in Tshwane and the manufacturing sector in Ekurhuleni. 

Mokonyane said they had assisted over 5 000 young people through arranging internships in the public and private sector, including in critical skills areas such as ICT and artisan programmes. -