Joint job cre­ation project launched at Sharpeville li­brary

The New Age (Free State) - - GAUTENG NEWS - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

THE Na­tional Li­brary of South Africa (NLSA), to­gether with so­cial en­ter­prise Lu­l­away, launched a joint job cre­ation project at the Sharpeville li­brary in Gaut­eng.

The part­ner­ship will see an ini­tial 27 com­mu­nity li­braries house a job readi­ness cen­tre, with a fur­ther 600 ear­marked for roll­out in 2018.

Lu­l­away chair­per­son Andile Mkhosana said job cre­ation ini­tia­tives were more crit­i­cal than ever for em­pow­er­ing the mil­lions of unem­ployed peo­ple in South Africa.

“As the economy bat­tles to pull it­self out of re­ces­sion and a 14-year high un­em­ploy­ment rate, many in­di­vid­u­als’ ef­forts to find work are stymied,” Mkhosana said.

Each of these job cen­tres will of­fer job seek­ers the op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter their full CVs at no charge on the Lu­l­away on­line data­base and ap­ply for avail­able va­can­cies.

Job seek­ers will in­stantly be con­nected to a range of em­ploy­ers na­tion­ally, en­abling them to ac­cess a di­verse range of job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The present struc­ture of find­ing jobs for en­try-level em­ploy­ees is costly, in­ef­fi­cient and leaves job seek­ers feel­ing at a loss of where to turn next,” Mkhosana said.

“As the economy bat­tles to pull it­self out of re­ces­sion and a 14-year high un­em­ploy­ment rate, many in­di­vid­u­als’ ef­forts to find work are stymied,”

Lu­l­away’s Mkhuseli Vangile, said es­tab­lish­ing the job cen­tres was an ex­ten­sion of the NLSA’s mul­ti­mil­lion-rand Mzansi-Li­braries On­line project, which re­ceived fund­ing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion’s Global Li­braries Ini­tia­tive.

Vangile said the grant was given to help strengthen pub­lic li­braries in South Africa through the pro­vi­sion of new tech­nolo­gies (com­put­ers, data and soft­ware) and train­ing in ICT to up­lift lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

These job cen­tres will be man­aged by 65 grad­u­ates of the NLSA grad­u­ate in­tern­ship pro­gramme.

The pre­vi­ously unem­ployed youths com­pleted the train­ing pro­gramme where they ac­quired ICT skills and train­ing.

“Through the pro­gramme, they also re­ceived train­ing on how to as­sist job seek­ers on the Lu­l­away Por­tal.

“ICT skills play a crit­i­cal role in help­ing the youth cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for them­selves in terms of em­ploy­ment and en­trepreneur­ship,” Vangile said.

This col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the NLSA and Lu­l­away will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in con­tribut­ing to skills de­vel­op­ment among the youth.”

Mkhosana said they had cre­ated an in­fra­struc­ture where job seek­ers were not ex­cluded from op­por­tu­ni­ties due to their lo­ca­tion.

“The li­braries will now be­come hubs of hope for the unem­ployed.

“They will pro­vide free ac­cess to eco­nomic growth and will play a piv­otal role in bridg­ing the di­vide be­tween the unem­ployed and the pri­vate sec­tor,” he said.

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