In 2016, the City of Cape Town and FEDHASA signed an agreement for a pilot project that saw 20 young people placed with various FEDHASA members to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Seven of the participants were eventually permanently employed.
The pilot project has paved the way for another 50 candidates who will participate in phase two of the agreement which will start in July 2018. The candidates will be selected from the City’s database of young people who have already completed work and employment readiness training.
Recruits be follow a training programme designed by FEDHASA to improve their chances of getting a permanent job. They will also be paid by the City a stipend from Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) funding.
‘A benefit of partnerships such as this is that the work experience and training gained during the period of subsidised work improves longer-term employment prospects. Youth unemployment remains a major concern countrywide and impacts negatively on the welfare of young people. It is for this reason that we need to create job opportunities through partnerships with the private sector for the benefit of our youth,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
How will candidates be selected?
One hundred names will be selected from the City’s Transversal Youth Development’s database. All prospective candidates must also be registered on the City’s jobseeker’s database as per the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) policy. The selection criteria will include a character trait assessment to ensure that the youth selected not only fit into the hospitality industry, but show an interest to work in the industry. Fifty young people will then be selected to participate.
What will be involved in the training
The 12-month programme include a one-week induction period focusing on the industry and outlining the objectives and expectations linked to the programme. Once candidates are placed, they’ll be mentored against a list of agreed outcomes with quarterly progress evaluations. The overarching aim is to ensure that candidates are absorbed either temporarily or permanently into the hospitality industry at the end of the programme.
Participants from phase 1 received either full-time employment, internships or contracts at various businesses such as CPU Fedics, Southern Sun – Waterfront, Peninsula All Suite Hotel and Sanlam Food Court.
Other youth training in Cape Town
This is but one initiative under way to improve the prospects of young people in our city. The City is also in the third year of their #YouthstartCT entrepreneurship challenge. They also do ongoing youth capacity-building and workplace skills training.
“I am heartened by the continuation of this partnership with FEDHASA and I call on other industries to consider similar undertakings if they haven’t already set the ball rolling. An investment in our young people is a much-needed investment in a more prosperous future for all,’ added Alderman Smith.