Thousands of jobs have been created through skills development programmes, offering many young people full-time employment contracts.
Western Cape MEC of Finance & Economic Opportunities, David Maynier said 1 116 jobs were created in the Business Process Operating (BPO) sector. This was done through the 'Work and Skills programme' of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
According to Maynier, 1 700 young people took part in the programme and 69% of them have now been offered full time employment contracts.
Following the success of the programme, the Western Cape has decided to allocate a further R98,82 million to the BPO.
This funding will provide 3 000 unemployed youth with learning opportunities in the BPO sector.
"We are proud of the success of our Work and Skills programme which partners with government, civil society and business to create experiential learning and work placement opportunities for unemployed youth in the Western Cape.
"Through these co-funded programmes, we provide stipends of between R3 000 to R3 500, to support 4- to 12-month work placements for young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years, giving them on-the-job training in critical skills areas." said Maynier.
The MEC paid a visit to a leading global company based in Cape Town, to meet a few beneficiaries of the programme.
"I met with a few of the beneficiaries of our Work and Skills programme and it was great to hear directly from these young people how the programme has changed their lives, prepared them with the necessary technical and soft skills for the workplace, and given them hope by providing them with a permanent job.
"The high level of unemployment amongst school graduates with good communication skills offers a significant talent supply opportunity to global players in the BPO sector, and so we have seen an exceptionally high up-take of young people moving into permanent employment following their work placements in the BPO sector." he said.
Maynier said the Western Cape government will continue to prioritise skills development initiatives in the BPO sector, seeing the way it has positively impacted the lives of young people in the province.