The Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality has increases level of investment in youth by taking 200 leaners into skills training of Bricklaying for the period of three (3) months. The training is comprised of 30 participants from Groot Marico, 70 from Zeerust and 100 from Lehurutshe and the municipal buildings in the areas will be utilized as training centers. The participants will also receive a R1500 stipend for the duration of the training.
This is a dedicated programme by Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) which has the mission to create a solid skills base as a foundation for infrastructural development and economic empowerment.
The CETA also initiates skills projects and learnerships aimed at improving and developing South Africa’s human resources, including a construction workforce whose skills are recognised and valued in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF). The CETA is accredited as an Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) body by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) on behalf of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
The council of the Municipality welcomed the programme with open hands knowing that it is the best opportunity for local youth to benefit during this rough time of high rate of unemployment. During the launch of the project, the Speaker of the municipality Cllr Alfred Nyamane expressed his gratitude to see the opportunity like this been presented to the municipality that experience high rate of unemployment. “This is a blessing to us as the municipality; I will like to thank CETA for recognizing our municipality. We are closing the youth month with a high note. I would like to urge our young people to embrace it through to the end and acquire skills in order for them to make a living for tomorrow”, said the Speaker.
The Chairperson of Corporate Portfolio Committee, who was the Acting Mayor on the day of the launch, Cllr Lerato Selebogo said that the efforts of minimizing the unemployment rate must be appreciated and encouraged all the candidates to tighten up till the last whistle blow. She said that LGCETA must keep on doing the good job to help youth in order to eradicate unemployment that is frustrating our youth.
“Our country is definitely going somewhere. As encouraged by the Department of Labour let us keep on submitting our documents so that we are in the database so that when government programmes come you stand to benefit since you are already registered. Let us remember that good things come to those who wait and that your time will also come. To the candidates for this project, good luck and remember that you are the future”, those were the words of encouragement form the Acting Mayor.
Offering the message of support to the candidates, Yvonne Matsheka from the Department of Labour encouraged them to grab all the opportunities that come across their way with both hands and not to worry about what other people will say. “We know that most people are ashamed to participate in the skills development because of the nature of work they will be doing. Reality is that the rate of unemployment is high and it can be minimized through these programmes more so that you will be receiving stipends. Do not undermine the stipends rather focus on the skills you will acquire in order to build a better tomorrow for yourselves”, she said.