Premier Masualle recently led the inaugural passs-out Provincial Youth-in-Infrastructure Development Programme at the SA Army Base in Makanda (Grahamstown). The recently launched, life changing Youth Programme benefited three hundred and ninety five trainees that were certified as facilities Managers by the Premier. On the day, Masualle handed over certificates and other working tools to the Youth in Maintenance Programme at the Army Base.
Unemployed and unskilled youths were trained on how to take a dilapidated and unmaintained structure and repair it, also keep it in a good working condition. “As the province through this programme we are on the route of fighting unemployment among the youth and skilling the youth” Premier said.
The Eastern Cape departments of Health and Education will be employing these youths to repair and maintain schools, clinics and hospitals across the province. The programme, conducted jointly by the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the King Sabata dalindyebo (KSD) TVET College is targeting youth without matric.
The programme is in line with the Provincial Youth development Strategy and is targeting to reach about five thousand youth over a period of five years for training and placement in schools and clinics, as well as hospitals.
The training programme also allows for previously unskilled youths entry into the employment market through skilling and seeks to provide relief against poverty, with placed graduates to receive a monthly stipend of R2, 000.