09 December 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Unemployed youth trained on mixed farming and construction   

by: Petrus Siko   date: 11 May 2018

It took the Department of Social Development six solid years to train 1 400 unemployed young people in building and civil construction, enterprise development, end user computing and mixed farming, MEC Hoffman Galeng, told the North West Provincial Legislature during his budget speech last week.

“Over the past eight years it has provided basic accredited training to more than 1 400 unemployed young people in building and civil construction, furniture making and mixed farming through the National Youth Service (NYS) programme. 

“We have empowered these young people to become change agents and entrepreneurs in their own communities,” said Galeng. 

He added that his department would this financial year provide accredited training on agricultural mixed farming to 100 unemployed youth recruited from deprived wards. 

Galeng said the department had channelled resources to ensure that young people were fully equipped with various skills and knowledge. The department was doing its part to encourage young people who had undergone training to establish co-operatives, the MEC said. 

“We call on other departments, our local municipalities, development agencies and the business sector to utilize the knowledge and skills these young people have acquired and provide mentorship and funding for their emerging businesses,” he appealed.

In February this year Galeng awarded certificates to a group of young people in Wonderkop after they had undergone training in piggery and crop production. The unemployed youth aged between 18 and 35 were recruited from poverty affected wards from the four districts of the province.

“Our target for this year is to provide accredited training on agricultural mixed farming to 100 unemployed youth recruited from deprived wards,” he said. 

Galeng said his department would further create work opportunities for 456 young people through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Incentive Grant, ensure that they receive accredited training through partnership with the ETDP SETA and offer internship training to 25 young people in various administration fields of study.