This cohort of trainees will receive a South African Qualifications Authority National Certificate (code 65409) in Building and Construction.
 
The training will cover 10 unit standards as part of a short skills programme. Unit standards included are below:
 
259604 Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace
 
119467 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
 
14580 Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications
 
261658 Identify, use and maintain tools, machines, equipment and materials for
building and civil construction activities
 
14662 Set out, excavate, cast concrete strip foundations and build foundation walling
 
261659 Build masonry superstructures using solid units
 
9971 Apply screeds to a concrete floor
 
261657 Plaster surfaces
 
14676 Erect roof trusses
 
244502 Install and maintain soil, waste and vent pipe systems
 
Upon completion of training towards construction and renewable energy skills, the 100 trainees will be placed in various units within the City for on-the-job training.
 
Unemployment continues to keep our youth from participating in the economy. The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey by StatsSA pointed to 55% youth unemployment, highlighting the necessity for urgent interventions against the scourge.
 
By participating in this programme, this cohort of trainees are capacitated with skills that are integral to countering rampant joblessness in our communities.
Indeed, a Johannesburg that works is a South Africa that works. It is through increasing access to opportunities such as these that young people can work towards empowering themselves.
 
"I have committed to growing the City’s economy towards a 5% target by 2021. This is one of the ways that I can show residents this ongoing commitment not only to economic growth, but to improving the quality of lives. I commend MMC for Economic Development, Cllr Leah Knott, for this significant step forward for the multi-party government. It is through partnerships like the one we enjoy with the University of Johannesburg that the City can make inroads against poverty and crippling unemployment," he said.​