R2m for Mpumalanga skills and leanerships

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The Mpumalanga Government will spend about R2 million on a special programme to improve the qualifications, skills and efficiency of its employees.

At least 100 clerks, secretaries and office assistants were enrolled for the Public Administration learnership in June this year, said Economic Development and Planning MEC Jacob Mabena.

MEC Mabena said Mpumalanga was the only province offering this kind of learnership to government employees.

"These are long serving clerks, secretaries and office assistants," he said. "We are taking them through this learnership to empower them to become qualified office administrators."

Mabena made the announcement while presenting the 100-day delivery report for the economy, investment and employment cluster earlier this week.

He said the learnership participants would be accredited with a National Certificate in Public Administration (NQF level 3) once they successfully completed their training.

Another 2 648 employees who serve as general assistants but never completed their high school education are also undergoing Adult Basic Education and Training.

"Our history is such that many of our people are excluded from the economic mainstream because of a lack of basic education," Mabena said. "It is imperative to address illiteracy in the workplace."

The number of employees enrolled for ABET this year is the highest ever and some R9.5 million will be spent on the programme.

The programme was introduced in 2001 and 3 280 people have enrolled over the years.

ABET caters for school education levels of Grade R to Grade 9. The programme addresses language, literacy, communications, mathematics, science, arts and culture.

Further training includes training for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), training in tourism, agricultural science and in ancillary health care.

Source: BuaNews

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