Skills boost for youths

HANDS ON: Premier Sello Moloto and President Thabo Mbeki. © Unknown.
HANDS ON: Premier Sello Moloto and President Thabo Mbeki. © Unknown.

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Unemployed post-matric youth in Limpopo will soon eat pasta instead of pap following the introduction of a learnership programme aimed at equipping them with skills to become employable.

The programme, initiated by Premier Sello Moloto and President Thabo Mbeki, will give 105 young people the chance to learn while, at the same time, earning a living wage.

The learnership programme is designed to equip students with information technology skills that would help them become competitive in the job market.

The students will acquire skills through training in courses such as end-user computing and technical support.

Courses are offered by the government's community programme, implemented by the office of the premier in partnership with Information System and Electronic Telecommunications.

"After completion, graduates would be placed in government service delivery institutions such as municipalities, hospitals, and tribal authority offices to gain practical knowledge," said the provincial government spokesman Lucky Nchabeleng.

"Chosen students are from Mopani, Sekhukhune and the Vhembe region.

"The students will be selected from Dr CN Phatudi FET College in Burgersfort, in Sekhukhune, and Sir Val Duncan FET in Namakgale-Phalaborwa."

Nchabeleng said the programme would be one of hundreds initiated by the government to fight poverty in the rural areas.

Mbeki and Moloto launched the Mogalakwena 1-Community project in Waterberg in 2002.

Since the launch, the programme has not been operational.

Its primary objective was to bridge the divide between affluent urban and poverty-stricken rural communities.

Gladys Molewa, of Mopje village, expressed delight at the news that some students from her area were selected to benefit from the programme.

"The good thing about the programme is that targeted youths are those from far-flung rural areas consisting of the poorest of the poor," she said.