Strate­gic part­ner­ships ‘key to em­ploy­ment’

Pretoria News - - METRO - JAMES MAHLOKWANE [email protected]

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.

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