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WC skills programme needs funding

MEC Alan Winde has approached the Development Bank to assist with skill programme funding.

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde said on Tuesday he has approached the development bank of South Africa to help fund the Western Cape's work and skills programme.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Development MEC Alan Winde on Tuesday said he has approached the Development Bank of South Africa to help fund the Western Cape's work and skills programme.

The initiative, which is an equivalent to the controversial youth wage subsidy, has been running since 2009.

Over this period more than 2,000 young people in the province were able to benefit from the scheme.

Winde said they need more money in order to make the programme work successfully.

"We try to work with our youngsters who have gained their matric certificates but don't find work because they're not even given an opportunity to put their foot in the door. Our programme gives them some work experience and gives them the confidence to get into the job market."

Winde said if they get an additional R10 million, an extra 600 youths will be put through the programme.

"We need to find more money because this is a very successful programme. I will be looking at other levels of government and other partners, to try and increase that funding. I believe that the project has a huge amount of merit."