North West Public Works and Roads Celebrates Youth Month with National Youth Service Programme Participants

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On June 15, the North West Department of Public Works and Roads hosted an event in celebration of Youth Month with over 300 participants of the National Youth Service Programme (NYSP). The NYSP offers skills development programmes in areas such as bricklaying, plumbing, and road work aid, and participants will receive certificates upon completing their training.

Youth Month Commemoration

The event took place the day before the official commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of Youth Month. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Youth Economic Participation for a Sustainable Future.” The occasion was led by MEC for Public Works and Roads, Gaoage Oageng Molapisi, accompanied by the MMC responsible for Special Programmes at Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Councillor Mpho Matsopola, and MMC for Infrastructure in the JB Marks Local Municipality, Councillor Gabriel Modise.

Providing Opportunities for Youths

The MEC shared that out of the 971 participants in the NYS programme, young people make up 85% (826 participants), and women constitute 59% (568 participants). This data reflects the department’s commitment to providing opportunities for youths and promoting gender equality in various sectors.

Economic Development Opportunities

Apart from skills development programmes, the NYSP participants received presentations on economic development opportunities from various institutions. Some of these establishments included the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), and Vusulela TVET College.

Removing Barriers to Employment

The department recognizes the importance of the NYS programme as a priority for increasing access to skills development, especially for young people living with disabilities. As part of their Youth Month celebrations, the department reiterated its commitment to removing barriers to employment and ensuring that the programme leads to meaningful youth empowerment. Molapisi emphasized the department’s dedication to uplifting the youth and providing them with the tools and resources necessary to succeed.

Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future

This event is a testament to the government’s efforts in promoting skilled development and economic growth while simultaneously fostering the talents and abilities of the youth. By creating an environment where young individuals can learn, grow, and succeed, the department is effectively paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Investing in the Next Generation

The National Youth Service Programme serves as an excellent example of a government initiative that aims to uplift the youth and contribute positively to society. This programme provides young individuals with valuable skills and experiences that will not only prepare them for the job market but also equip them with the knowledge and expertise required to contribute to their communities meaningfully.

In conclusion, the Department of Public Works and Roads’ celebration of Youth Month with the participants of the National Youth Service Programme underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to investing in the next generation of skilled workers and innovators. This investment will ultimately lead to a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

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