Possible to create half a million jobs a year for young people: Ramaphosa

Creating half a million jobs a year for young people is a possibility‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday during the launch of the Youth Employment Service (YES).

The initiative‚ according to Ramaphosa‚ was conceived 18 months ago and while it is set to create 330‚000 jobs for young peole‚ he is hopeful the number will increase.

“It is possible to ramp it up to 500‚000‚” Ramaphosa said.

He said the initiative is responding to the “greatest and pressing” socio-economic challenge which is unemployment.

“We know that the depth of youth unemployment is huge and therefore we have to respond.”

“Although the obstacles [young people face] are daunting‚ we have resources to overcome the obstacles.”

Ramaphosa said the government was working towards improving the quality of learning to ensure that young people complete matric.

“What is concerning is that a million young people enter the schooling system and only half a million make it to matric.”

He said the government in partnership with business will create more programmes aimed at alleviating youth unemployment.

These include programmes to create work readiness among the youth.

“We need effective and sustainable programmes to prepare young people for first time employment.

“This demonstrates that we are a country on the move. We will be coming up with further initiatives to address youth unemployment‚ Ramaphosa said.

The YES initiative aims to see more than one million young people being offered paid work experience over the next three years‚ as part of placing the needs of and opportunities for young people at the centre of inclusive economic growth.

The initiative takes the form of a partnership – led by Ramaphosa – between government‚ business‚ labour and civil society.

By: Nomahlubi Jordaan – TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.

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