Delayed in-service 'training' frustrates youths
A GROUP of young people from Gauteng, who are part of a learnership programme, say they are tired of lazing around for six weeks in a guest house in Vereeniging.
The group is part of the National Rural Youth Services Corps (NARYSEC), a project of Rural Development and Land Reform. The initiative is aimed at developing skills and job creation for youths from the rural areas.
On June 10, the 100 trainees were placed at Misol Guest House in the Vaal. After six weeks, the group has not been dispatched to companies for in-service training. Thousands of rands are believed to be spent on accommodation, meals and laundry services for the youths.
The group recently completed part 1 of the N2 Level Course and has been promised in-service in various companies. They have received training in welding, electrical and construction fields.
When Sowetan visited the place the group was loitering, basking in the sun, while others were sleeping in their rooms.
"We have been here for more than a month for in-service training and this is frustrating. We feel these people are wasting our time because we are not doing anything. We are not getting younger, we need to finish the course and start working," said one participant.
NARYSEC provincial coordinator Elias Khama, said his department was waiting for tools before they could place the group in various companies in Vereeniging and Sasolburg. He promised the in-service programme for the youths would start next week.
Rural Development and Land Reform spokesman Mthobeli Mxotwa said the youths' plight was being addressed.
"You people don't know that government does not work like the private sector. Things take time," Mxotwa said.
Initially the programme was supposed to kick off in August 2010, but the youth were only sent to various FET Colleges in September last year.