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Skills programme for school leavers

Western Cape has skills programmes for school leavers who want to enter the job market.

Western Cape has skills programmes for school leavers who want to enter the job market. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape MEC for Finance and Economic Development MEC Alan Winde says they have numerous projects for school leavers.

The province achieved a 85.1 percent matric pass rate, but not all of them will be going to university and Further Education & Training (FET) colleges.

Speaking to 567 CapeTalk, Winde said they have programmes to ensure that school leavers do not join the millions of unemployed people.

"We have programmes where we look at the skills gap in industries. Industries tell us when there's a gap in the market and we intervene. There's also the Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project. We will take another 1,000 who just finished matric last year. They can apply online. They will get a year's work experience within the provincial government."

Winde says they also have artisan programmes.

"We have lots of infrastructure projects, that's where investment is at the moment, so artisans are needed across the board. The average age is 55-years-old."

He says they are ready to assist the youth gain skills.

"We are working with businesses to help young people get into this artisan space so that in a couple of years we can fill that shortfall of skills."

Winde says the department is working with business to cut through the red tape so that young people can be taken in.