NEWS24 / 30 APRIL 2019 - 06.05 / STAFF REPORTER
Amy Foundation in Sybrand Park, in partnership with Astron Energy, provide practical training and experiential learning interventions in the disciplines of hospitality, beauty and wellness, craft and design.
The programme aims to reduce the youth unemployment rate in the Western Cape.
According to a statement, successful learners get linked to the foundation’s development partners for placements or further training in the private sector with some of them establishing their own small businesses.
One of the benefitting youth, Sihle Ndamane.
It is stated that about 63.7% of the learners are women and that the number of women eager to partake in the programme continue to grow.
Managing director for the foundation, Kevin Chaplin, says: “The YSD programme continues to go from strength to strength and the plans are to expand the programme to positively impact the lives of more unemployed youth.
The target is to grow the number of learners to 900 by the end of the year, with a placement target of 78%.”
According to the statement, while the Western Cape has the lowest youth unemployment rate in the country, it still stands incredibly high at 29.9% and it is estimated that about half a million jobs remain vacant because of a lack of appropriate skills.
“We see this initiative as one pillar of a broad and comprehensive effort to create opportunities for young people and contribute to the Youth Employment Services (YES) programme as established by President Cyril Ramaphosa,” adds Jill Koopman, policy, public and government affairs manager at Astron Energy.
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