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New Youth Employment Centre Launched

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Minister Thulas Nxesi at the Youth Employment Centre

 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, recently opened a Youth Employment Centre in KwaZulu Natal. 

The employment centre will give job seekers access to job opportunities, and eventually boost employment in the Amajuba District Municipality.

Youth who visit the centre will not only be given access to job opportunities, but they will also receive tips to help them in the job seeking process. 

“The youth, as the future of this country, are so important and as a department, we are committed to helping them to access employment opportunities."

Employers have been encouraged to place vacancies for free on the online system. 

The Employment Services South Africa (ESSA) online system can be accessed on www.essa.labour.gov.za.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has also secured eight mobile buses worth R84 million to reach clients in rural areas. 

The buses will be used to provide essential services to areas without labour centres. The department has ensured that all the buses come with work stations, public toilets, generators, Wi-Fi and a server equipped to carry out the services of the department.

In addition to this, the buses are also user-friendly to people living with disabilities. More buses are expected to be delivered within the next 2 months. 

“The two buses that were launched today have already hit the road, servicing clients in Amajuba District from 19 June 2021 while the remaining six will be delivered before the end of august 2021,” said acting UIF Commissioner, Teboho Thejane.

Nxesi and Thejane added that The UIF's Labour Activation Programme (LAP) will continue during this period. Through the LAP, the UIF aims to re-integrate unemployed youth into the labour market.

Employers typically conduct training programmes to create jobs to help re-integrate unemployed youth.

Nxesi and Thejane have urged training providers who submit proposals to the department to commit to helping youth secure job opportunities.

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