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Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:53

Youth Empowered Through Construction

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National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) YouthBuild volunteer, Anele Nxele yesterday, began a twelve-month-long journey during which time she will be building and renovating a primary school in Howick KwaZulu Natal.

Youth Empowered Through Construction

The partnership between the NYDA and the Umngeni Local Municipality involves 100 unemployed youth, like Anele, who are being trained in construction and will participate in the building of a local school.

“I completed school in 2012 and have not been doing anything since then that is why I joined the NYDA YouthBuild programme. I just want to get a job but my real dream to one day own my own construction company or maybe even become partner in a large corporation,” said twenty-three-year-old Nxele.

The project, which the NYDA has contributed over R1.7-million towards, involves unemployed young people who are becoming prone to risky behaviors due to being out of school and unemployed. The youth will be provided with a short skills development intervention using the YouthBuild programme model to empower them with technical skills that they can use to empower themselves and generate income for themselves and their families.

"This YouthBuild Infrastructure Development Programme will see 100 youth being trained as carpenters, plumbers and electricians whilst they participate in delivering a brand new school to their community. Young people are diverse, resourceful and innovative and therefore cannot be beneficiaries of houses from government when they should be building houses for the elderly and the sick,” said Yershen Pillay, NYDA Executive Chairperson.

The training identified for the project will be an accredited construction skills programme at NQF level 3 and it will be in the bricklaying and plastering trades. The programme is part of the Building and Civil Engineering Qualification approved by the Construction SETA.

“The NYDA YouthBuild Programme is a practical example of how best to address the challenge of youth unemployment in an integrated and holistic way. It is an innovative programme that integrates academic achievement, work experience, social action, leadership development, and personal transformation in a single project. As you build you are equally trained and skilled for future progress as productive, contributing citizens of society,” said Pillay.

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:09