Strategic partnerships ‘key to employment’
GRADUATES from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) wanted the government to seek strategic partnerships in order to improve employment opportunities.
Advocate Samuel Maifadi of the special projects unit in the Department of Social Development, speaking during the EPWP social sector conference in the city yesterday, said the EPWP was created to give people temporary employment. The plan was that such employment would translate into skills they could use to find jobs in the formal sector.
The conference presented an opportunity for government to sit down with private and public organisations, institutions and companies to explain the difficulties it experienced and find out how they were willing to work together to help graduate participants from the programme.
The three-day conference is being held under the theme Towards Innovative Pathways and Exit Opportunities for Participants of the EPWP Social Sector. The aim is to draw significant numbers of unemployed into productive work in public sector social services and community safety initiatives.