The Gauteng Department of Social Development through Sustainable Livelihood Directorate launched a ground-breaking exit strategy to address the non-effective linkage of trained youth who were part of the skills development program at Banquet Hall, Krugersdorp last Friday.
Over the years, some beneficiaries of government services linked with available opportunities remained unemployed after exiting social development programs. However, a great number of previously capacitated individuals and entities under the funded Development Centres require further assistance to realize their intended goals.
This will be facilitated through accredited training by departmental Development Centres.
Speaking at the launch of the exit strategy, Nomonde Mphetshwa from the Sustainable Livelihood Directorate in the West Rand Region, said, “Development centres will be tasked with compiling database of these beneficiaries, facilitate the process of linking beneficiaries with relevant stakeholders and monitor progress”.
Mphetshwa said the development centres will also ensure the database is populated, amongst others, with existing potential employers, safeguard that the tools of trade in the development centres such as training manuals and equipment are in place, link beneficiaries with potential business funders such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Harambe, Tshepo 1 Million, and Gauteng Enterprise Propeller.
The Development Centres will further identify, screen and train beneficiaries, conduct needs analysis, develop a clear exit strategy, collaborate with different employers, sign memorandum of understanding prior the implementation of training and placement and identify job markets.