Cape Town approves funding to upskill public works programme participants

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The bulk of the money will be used to address the technology skills shortage associated with the fourth industrial revolution.

The Cape Town council has approved R13.78 million to upskill participants in its Expanded Public Works Programme, with 170 set to receive South African Qualifications Authority-accredited training and skills development in the first project.

The council said the training had been tailor-made for school leavers or unemployed individuals, with the minimum requirement being a Grade 11 or a Grade 12 certificate or the individual having been unemployed for more than two years.

Mayoral committee member for urban management Grant Twigg said: “This training intervention is a huge opportunity for individuals to upskill themselves to enable them to tackle opportunities in the digital space.

“What stands out for me is the fact that all 170 individuals are guaranteed to be placed in a permanent call centre job at the end of the training.”

The bulk of the money will be used to specifically address the critical technology skills shortage associated with the fourth industrial revolution.

This will see 345 unemployed youth aged between 18 and 34 being trained over a 12-month period, with 80% getting placements in learnerships or internships.

“The fourth industrial revolution is one of the biggest disrupters of the 21st century. We are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way in which we live, work, and relate to one another,” Twigg said.

“We are committed to building an inclusive city by unlocking and providing access to economic opportunities, especially for disadvantaged individuals.”

“These skills development programmes equip them with the aptitudes that can be integrated into the digital space. We need to shape a future that works for all of us by putting people first and empowering them,” he added.

– African News Agency

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