UMfolozi TVET College is one of the 32 state owned training providers that have received funding from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to train 3000 students. The students who will be recruited through the Department of Labour will receive theoretical and practical training over the next few years in bricklaying, carpentry, cooking and catering, garment making, plant production and poultry farming. Students will receive a monthly stipend.
The aim of the training is to allow the beneficiaries - most of which are former contributors to the UIF who lost their jobs - to participate in the labour market or venture into their own businesses. The Minister of Labour, Mildred Olifant and the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma officially launched the training programme on 24 April 2019 in Stanger and on 26 April 2019 in Ngwelezane.
“We want this to be marketed on a huge scale so that all the youth, particularly those from poor areas can benefit. The launch of these projects through the Labour Activation Programme (LAP) will go a long way in addressing unemployment, skills development and stimulating economic growth in the country. We also call on the private sector to partner with the Department of Labour to address the social ills of the country, especially unemployment and job preservation for our youth,” said Dlamini Zuma. Minister Oliphant said through the LAP, they have provided funding for learners to be trained in various fields.
Phindile Nsibande, College Assistant Director - Curriculum, said student will be able to contribute the economic growth of the country after the training because they will not only learn theory but will also do practicals which will increase their chances of getting employment.