Youth desk ro­ads­how tar­gets s­chool le­a­vers

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News -

Sin­ce mo­ving the youth functi­on to the of­fi­ce of the ma­yor, Knys­na ma­yor E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies has laun­ched a num­ber of success­ful i­ni­ti­a­ti­ves ai­med at up­skil­ling Gre­a­ter Knys­na youth. One of t­he­se i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve, the A­gri­cul­tu­re Le­ar­ners­hip pro­gram­me that is being of­fe­red in con­juncti­on with the Vi­ney­ard Chris­ti­an Church, has al­re­a­dy yiel­ded gre­at re­sults.

The most re­cent ca­reer and op­por­tu­ni­ties ro­ads­how pro­gram­me was of­fe­red to schools within Gre­a­ter Knys­na. Ac­com­pa­nied by ma­yo­ral com­mit­tee mem­bers and youth desk s­taff, Bouw-S­pies vi­si­ted Knys­na Se­con­da­ry S­chool to in­form Gra­de 11 and 12 le­ar­ners a­bout le­ar­ners­hip op­por­tu­ni­ties and burs­a­ry sche­mes of­fe­red by the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

‘Clo­sing the gap’

“As a coun­cil we re­cog­ni­se the chal­len­ges our com­mu­ni­ties fa­ce on a dai­ly ba­sis. Very of­ten u­nem­ploy­ment is a re­sult of our youth not ha­ving the ne­ces­sa­ry skills re­qui­red by the em­ploy­ers. We ha­ve ma­de a con­cer­ted ef­fort to­wards clo­sing t­his gap and hel­ping to build a gro­wing e­co­nomy through skills trai­ning,” said Bouw-S­pies.

“We are well a­wa­re that e­du­ca­ti­on can trans­form li­ves and cre­a­te the foun­da­ti­on for a brig­h­ter fu­tu­re for our youth. Ho­we­ver, fi­nan­ci­al con­straints can ma­ke it dif­fi­cult for t­he­se young re­si­dents to access hig­her e­du­ca­ti­on. The Ma­yo­ral Burs­a­ry Fund and Mu­ni­ci­pal Burs­a­ry pro­gram­mes pro­vi­de so­me re­lief and e­na­ble de­ser­ving and qua­li­fying in­di­vi­du­als access to furt­her their e­du­ca­ti­on and trai­ning.”

‘Se­arch for op­por­tu­ni­ties’

Bouw-S­pies en­coura­ged le­ar­ners to im­me­di­a­te­ly s­tart se­ar­ching for op­por­tu­ni­ties a­vai­la­ble to them. “Do not wait until the last mi­nu­te w­hen you get your fi­nal a­ca­de­mic re­sults. Burs­a­ry and ter­ti­a­ry ap­pli­ca­ti­ons must be ma­de well in ad­van­ce, and ma­ke su­re that you know all the re­qui­re­ments ne­ces­sa­ry so that you can work to­wards at­tai­ning the re­sults ne­ces­sa­ry.”

The youth desk and mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s hu­man re­sour­ces (HR) de­part­ment vi­si­ted Con­cor­dia High S­chool on Mon­day 19 March and will con­ti­nues with their Schools Ro­ads­how vi­si­ting Gre­a­ter Knys­na schools du­ring the next se­mes­ter.

Full-ti­me burs­a­ries

The HR de­part­ment of­fers va­ri­ous full-ti­me burs­a­ries in spe­ci­fic fields to qua­li­fying ap­pli­cants. On­ce re­ci­pients of t­he­se burs­a­ries ha­ve com­ple­ted their stu­dies they are pla­ced within the re­le­vant de­part­ment that is in li­ne with their field of stu­dy.

Ad­di­ti­o­nal­ly, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty al­so of­fers in­terns­hip pro­gram­mes, which gi­ve gra­du­a­tes the op­por­tu­ni­ty to gain much-nee­ded ex­pe­rien­ce for fu­tu­re gro­wth.

The ma­yo­ral of­fi­ce an­nu­al­ly hos­ts a fun­drai­sing e­vent for the Ma­yor’s Burs­a­ry As­sis­tan­ce & So­ci­al Re­lief Fund. The fun­ding al­lo­ca­ti­on for t­his as­sis­tan­ce is de­pen­dent on the a­mount rai­sed. The youth desk furt­her of­fers le­ar­ners­hip pro­gram­mes w­he­re young re­si­dents are pla­ced within va­ri­ous de­part­ments, e­na­bling them to a­cqui­re re­le­vant skills ex­pe­rien­ce.

Want to know mo­re?

For mo­re de­tails on the a­bo­ve pro­gram­mes p­le­a­se vi­sit the va­ri­ous youth cen­tres, de­tails of which can be found the mu­ni­ci­pal web­si­te.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Coun­cil­lor Le­va­el Da­vis mo­ti­va­tes the le­ar­ners at Kn­syna Se­con­da­ry du­ring the Ca­reer and Op­por­tu­ni­ties Ro­ads­how.

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