|Posted by Patricia on July 15, 2016 at 3:05 AM|
Youth from Mpumlanga are set to benefit from an initiative that aims to assist them in getting their drivers' licences.
This is as a result of a joint effort between the Services SETA and the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison.
The Youth Capacity Development Project seeks to address the challenges of unemployment and lack of skills among the youth in the province.
For many young people in South Africa, getting a drivers' licence has always been a mission.
The Youth Development Project will also see the young people equipped with skills that will help them get employment.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime for some young people.
Services SETA CEO, Andile Nongogo, says more than R49 million has been set aside to fast-track services for the under privileged across Mpumalanga.
Now they will be able to register for a learners' licence as a start.
“The SETA is responsible for funding which covers learner testing books, K 53 books. It covers funding of the trailer mobile units where the learners would be trained. It covers marketing and management for unemployed youth.”
Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe, says this initiative is going to assist young people and hopefully steer them away from drug abuse.
Shongwe said this would assist young people to get jobs as a licence is a requirement in the working environment.
“We are basically empowering young people to be able to be equipped with driver's license because a driver's license is a requirement. We want them to prepare with the particular skills so that we take them out of the streets, we take them out of drugs, and we take them out of all wrong doings in the province and in the country.”
Shongwe says over 760 underprivileged youth will benefit from this initiative. But those who have the money will have to pay for these services.
Article from: http://www.sabc.co.za