National Youth Service
The National Youth Service Programme equips the young and unemployed youth with technical skills required in the built environment.Four hundred (400) young people selected for artisan training from various municipalities, including Mafube, Moqhaka, Metsimaholo, Ngwathe, Kopanong, Mohokare and Letsemeng commenced with this programme during February 2011.Of the 400, one hundred (100) learners will undergo NQF Level 3 Learnership in the following fields;
- Electrical Engineering
- Civil and Building Learnership
- Plumbing Learnership
- Road-works Learnership
Electrical Apprenticeship Programme
This programme focuses on developing qualified artisans in the electrical field. 13 NYS learners are presently training at the CENTLEC Training & Development Centre and the training commenced on the 2nd February 2010, for a period of three years.The department has registered this apprenticeship programme with the Energy Seta. Learners have started their second phase in-service training at CENTLEC where they are placed in different sections. The second phase in-service training will last for hundred days then followed by preparations for the Trade Test for qualification as artisans.
Built Environment Learnership Programme
251 Learners were selected and have signed Learnership Agreements for Civil Building (141) and Plumbing (110). Learners were selected from Fezile Dabi and Xhariep Districts. Project sites for placement of learners have been identified. A total of 223 learners are participating in this project, funded by Electrical SETA.
Contractor Development Programme
The Contractor Development Programme is a structured formal Learnership Programme that intends to develop emerging contractors into sustainable construction entities able to execute labour intensive projects.The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has undertaken to fund the Contractor Development Programme through its Vuk’uphile Infrastructure Learnership Programme. For the current financial year, 50 contractors will be selected throughout the province and the implementation plan has already been developed.
New Venture Creation Learnerships
The purpose of this programme is to develop learners to become competent entrepreneurs in the wholesale and retail sector. The Learnership is implemented in partnership with Wholesale and Retail SETA which is responsible for funding of training. The New Venture Creation Learnership will address the economic, administrative and behaviour barriers that contribute to failures in starting and sustaining a business.For this programme, 30 ventures managed by young learners from the Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDI) have been created throughout the Province. These new ventures were allocated projects as part of their workplace training.
Technical support for EPWP
Both the National and Provincial Departments of Public Works and Infrastructure will jointly provide technical support to Municipalities such as;
- Assisting municipalities to align projects to EPWP Guidelines
- Identifying suitable projects
- Setting targets for projects
- Assisting with the designs and contract documentation
- Extracting project training needs
- Training on MIS and web based reporting systems
The departmental EPWP unit works in collaboration with the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (MIG Unit) and SALGA Provincial to provide support.