Deputy President Ramaphosa said the Youth Development and Career Expo was about social partners working together to build better lives for the young people of South Africa.
He said that investing in the development of young people is a priority for government.
“We have a shortage of engineers, scientists, artisans, and that is why government is working to ensure that more young South Africans are able to study at our universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
“We are leading efforts to strengthen partnerships between TVET colleges in particular and the private sector. We are encouraging companies to offer internships and experiential learning for students at these colleges,” the Deputy President said.
He said government will continue to mobilise the private sector, the donor community and society at large to contribute to ensuring that the doors of learning and culture are open to all.
He also urged students who will be enrolled at the country’s universities and TVET colleges to make the best use of these opportunities.
“We urge you to focus on your studies and excel. It is your generation that must lead the efforts to deepen social dialogue and tolerance. It is your generation that must say the burning of schools, libraries and lecture halls has no place in our country.
“We encourage you to seek volunteer opportunities. We encourage companies and government departments and agencies to absorb young people to develop their skills and improve their working experience,” the Deputy President said.
He further encouraged work seekers to interact with the Department of Labour and register on the database of the Employment Services of South Africa.
However, the Deputy President raised his concern on young women, who constitute the majority of unemployed youth, and challenged the private sector to do more to empower women in the workplace.
“Access for young people with disabilities must also be expanded by companies, state agencies and government departments. Entrepreneurship is the heartbeat of a developing economy.
“Working together, we must reignite the spirit of entrepreneurship that was discouraged by the racist policies of apartheid. It is our local entrepreneurs who will ultimately create the millions of jobs that we need to grow an inclusive economy.”
He wished all learners in the country, especially those in grade 12, good luck in their examinations.
Courtesy of SAnews.gov.za