NYDA empowers 100 North West youth

Yershen Pillay, NYDA Executive Chairperson

By – SAnews.gov.za

Pretoria – The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West on Friday launched a Youth Build programme involving 100 unemployed rural youth from Taung and surrounding villages who are being trained in plumbing and welding.

“This programme is another example of the real work carried out by the NYDA in rural areas with life-changing impact for the participants. As the NYDA, there is nothing more fulfilling than witnessing young people involved in building a better South Africa for all.

“Our YouthBuild volunteers are embarking on possibly one of the greatest skills transfer programmes of their lives for what they are about to learn is practical, real-world expertise. This programme represents the very first of its kind in this community,” said Yershen Pillay, NYDA Executive Chairperson.

The youth will commence short skills development training using the YouthBuild programme model to learn technical skills that they can use to empower themselves and generate income for themselves and their families.

“I joined the NYDA YouthBuild programme to learn the plumbing trade, which I was first exposed to in primary school where artisan training was part of our curriculum.

“I have already started a plumbing cooperative with other young people from my community so when I heard about the YouthBuild programme in Taung I knew I had to be a part of it,” said a volunteer, Victoria Mohale from Leshobo Village, about 15 km from Taung.

Mohale completed matric in 2011 and has been unemployed since then but has been keeping busy with various volunteer opportunities to gain work experience and skills.

The training identified for the project will be an accredited construction skills programme at NQF level 3 and it will be in the plumbing and welding trades as identified by the Municipality.