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Skills boost for unemployed youth

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“The identified youth will develop competence as cellphone repair technicians to enhance employment and self-employment opportunities."

TRAINING: Unemployed youth in the Frances Baard district are benefitting from a skills training programme being offered by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (Dedat), the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa), Ikamva National eSkills Institute (iNeSI) and the Vaal University of Technology. The programme runs until April 18. Picture: Supplied

UNEMPLOYED youth in the Frances Baard district have benefited recently from skills training programme.

The training is being offered by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (Dedat), the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa), Ikamva National eSkills Institute (iNeSI) and the Vaal University of Technology for unemployed youth in Frances Baard district from April 1 to 18.

According to Dedat, the focus of the skills programme is to enable unemployed youth from disadvantaged families who are affected by socio-economic issues.

A Dedat statement said that the participants were identified through the 100 Families project and the Balelapa project.

“The identified youth will develop competence as cellphone repair technicians to enhance employment and self-employment opportunities. To this extent an entrepreneurship business skills programme is included in the training intervention.

“Qualifying entrepreneurs will be supported further in the business incubation programme of Human Capital Learning Solutions (HCLS). HCLS is the accredited learning partner for this intervention and has an established presence at the Northern Cape SMME Trust in Kimberley,” the statement said.

Dedat said that one of its strategic objectives is “to develop a knowledge society, through innovation, that enhances inclusive economic growth by 2020”.

“We have identified cellphone repair training as a good start to introduce tech-entrepreneurs and SMMEs to the mainstream digital economy and the mobile phone market. This is in support of the gazetted ICT SMME Strategy of the Department of Post and Telecommunications Services.”

The statement further said that by assisting aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in the used phone market, the outcome of the intervention will address the staggering unemployment rate in the Northern Cape.

One of the trainees, Matshidisho Pitso, expressed her gratitude by saying: “This initiative serves as an opportunity to the unemployed youth of Frances Baard to be equipped with the ICT skills to repair cellphones in order for us to become tech-entrepreneurs in the future.”

“For the department to invest in these training initiatives is to achieve our strategic objective of developing a knowledge society, through innovation, that enhances inclusive economic growth aimed at stimulating and developing more ICT/entrepreneurship in the Province,” the Dedat statement concluded.