One million unemployed youth will be offered quality working experience – Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says several government departments are running a number of programmes that are aimed at empowering young people and addressing their challenges.

He was responding to a question asked by African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Amos Mahlalela about what government was doing to respond to youth challenges like HIV and youth unemployment.

The Deputy President said the Department of Small Business Development, for example, has an incentives programme for youth-owned cooperatives and a programme on business development for young people.

Government’s Expanded Public Works Programme has targets for work opportunities for young people, while the Department of Higher Education and Training has a very successful programme to combat HIV through engagement with students at TVET colleges and institutions of higher learning.

“But government cannot successfully address these challenges alone. Strategic partnerships with the private sector and civil society groups are critical in unlocking empowerment opportunities.

“One of the key initiatives that we are currently embarking on, in partnership with business, is the Youth Employment Service, which aims to empower one million unemployed youth over the next three years by offering them quality work experience,” he said.

 

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