EPWP workers trained
THE city of Cape Town yesterday announced that it had facilitated computer training for 300 temporary workers through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
The fiveday training course, valued at a total cost of close to R520 000 for all participants, was the latest initiative designed to ensure that EPWP workers get more value out of the programme and improve their job prospects.
The participants were put through their paces in several areas that included keyboard skills, introduction to computers, MS Word level 13, MS Outlook level 13 and Windows 7/8 level 12.
“We live in a world where an understanding of and ability to use digital tools is crucial. It also opens up a new world of possibilities for job seekers and improves their chances of employment.
“I am very excited for this group of participants and the training is something that we will look to provide to others in the future so that they too can cut and paste a new path for themselves,” mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services JP Smith said.
Other examples of value added training through the EPWP initiative include a work training pilot project with the Federated Hospitality Industry of South Africa (Fedhasa) as well as an assistant artisan programme run by the city’s department of water and sanitation, among others, benefitting more than 500 individuals.
The training and skills development programmes are based on research around the growth sectors in the country and the city, so that the participants are equipped with skills that will improve their employment prospects.
MMC JP Smith