Johannesburg, Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) in partnership with BankSETA, has unveiled projects that are valued at over R84 million as part of a grand scheme to take advantage of opportunities with the last mile delivery services and contribute towards the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Programme (ERRP).
The partnership is poised to impact 1200 unemployed youth and create opportunities for motorbike licenses, entrepreneurship training, business start-up and direct connection to the e-commerce business for delivery services. This initiative will arrest young people joining the swelling ranks of the unemployed. To heighten the focus on young people, the TETA EmpowaYouth programme, a TETA flagship initiative targeted at 4500 rural youth from Giyani – Limpopo, Zululand District – KwaZulu Natal and North West Province with tangible opportunities in line with economic drivers in each province. The total of these projects will create opportunities for more than 5 800 unemployed youth in South Africa.
To bolster the capacity of industry employees to contribute towards knowledge and innovation, the Transport Education Training Authority, has also forged a partnership with the World Maritime University to place locals who want to pursue post graduate qualifications in Maritime Studies (MSc and PhD).
They also launched a package for the TVET colleges which will see the support for 100 students assisted with drivers’ licenses and further participating in a learnership programme in China. “South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan sets out a bold vision and immediate actions to enable an economic rebound and to build the economy of the future. The packages in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan are youth-centric because the ultimate aim is to empower young people and draft them to the mainstream of society as active citizens” said Mr Famanda Shirindza, TETA COO.
“In a greater part, our efforts are a response to tackling youth unemployment which is a crucial aspect of the country’s economic recovery strategies. The EmpowaYouth is designed to prepare youth to thrive in the future of work, generate new widespread prosperity and lay the groundwork for rural youth to be included in the mainstream of the economy. Investing in and re-skilling rural youth, will help us get them back to work immediately while building more just, inclusive and resilient economy” added Shirindza.
Dr Maphefo Anno-Frempong said, “It’s been a long journey for us as TETA to get to this level of performance and programmes that impact on South Africa unemployed youth. It is important for the SETA to remain resolute and continue to unearth meaningful opportunities and partnerships with credible institutions like the BankSeta. What we’ve achieved today is testament that with partnerships, we can put forward a meaningful fight against youth unemployment in our country”
Meanwhile, The CEO of TETA, Ms. Maphefo Anno-Frempong, will be receiving an International Honour from the World Maritime University based in Malmo – Sweden for the work of the SETA in advancing globally aligned skills development interventions and an Award from the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) for the Empowerment of Women in the transport sector as well as the honour for being in the top 100 influential women in the supply chain and logistics in Africa.
Issued by Vusi Leeuw on behalf of TETA
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