Life­line for youth in ac­cess to job and en­trepreneurial op­por­tu­ni­ties

Tshepo 1 Mil­lion changes lives

Sowetan - - News -

With the coun­try’s youth fac­ing a higher than nor­mal un­em­ploy­ment rate, the gov­ern­ment has come up with ini­tia­tives to help them be­come part of the main­stream econ­omy.

One of these ini­tia­tives in­cludes the Tshepo 1 Mil­lion, for­merly Tshepo 500,000 when it was launched four years, to up­skill youth and in­tro­duce them to em­ploy­ment and en­trepreneurial op­por­tu­ni­ties. The pro­gramme, along with the Pres­i­den­tial Youth Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice, Harambe Youth Em­ploy­ment Ac­cel­er­a­tor and pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ers, has ben­e­fited 514,000 young peo­ple.

Gaut­eng premier David Makhura, dur­ing the de­liv­ery of his po­lit­i­cal re­port last week, said Harambe’s role was to pre­pare young peo­ple for high­de­mand jobs in spe­cific sec­tors and em­ploy­ers, based on their skills and where they live.

“This work ranges from the broad-based mass dig­i­tal learn­ing sys­tem now run­ning in town­ship li­braries to much more job-spe­cific and taskspe­cific bridg­ing pro­grammes needed to pre­pare young peo­ple for what they will ac­tu­ally do on the job,” he said.

“We are now up­scal­ing the pro­gramme and link­ing it to the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the town­ship econ­omy,” he said.

Economist Duma Gqubule, who has done re­search on Tshepo 1 Mil­lion, ad­vised that the pro­gramme could be more ef­fec­tive b y pro­vid­ing ar­ti­san train­ing to peo­ple who want to be­come plumbers and welders, among other things.

Those want­ing to ben­e­fit from Tshepo 1 Mil­lion should log onto and a con­sul­tant will call them.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Themba Hlophe, said: “Tshepo 1 Mil­lion is de­signed to break down the bar­ri­ers that young peo­ple en­counter when seek­ing work op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has also rolled out broad­band to more than 1,000 sites to mod­ernise the econ­omy in line with the 4th In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion. The youth also ben­e­fits from the town­ship eco­nomic re­vati­la­tion pro­gramme.

Gaut­eng MEC for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Le­bo­gang Maile said that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has spent 22% of its pro­cure­ment bud­get buy­ing goods and ser­vices from busi­nesses owned by women. Many of these com­pa­nies based in the town­ships em­ploy young and some are owned by young peo­ple tar­get for next year is close to 30%.

Fi­nance MEC Bar­bara Creecy said town­ship busi­nesses and those owned by young peo­ple also re­ceived a fair share of gov­ern­ment pub­lic pro­cure­ment pro­gramme.

She said since 2014 the gov­ern­ment has pro­cured goods and ser­vices from black busi­nesses to the value of R10.7bn.

ten­ders awarded to 570 sup­pli­ers in pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year

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