South Africa: Walter Sisulu mayor, Cllr. Vania Davids participated in the Launch of the Agriculture Learnership Programme by Mount Carmel Youth Training and Conference Centre yesterday at Greenslade Community Hall.
Mount Carmel Youth Training Conference Centre Manager, Mr Artwell Chivhinge, said they have partners with various stakeholders to be able to come up with this AGRI-SETA accredited training for the unemployed out of school youth.
“We have recruited 50 young people who either have grade 11 or grade 12 to train them on mixed farming, in particular, to develop them with farming skills that they can use to seek formal employment in the short term and be farmers in the long term,” he said.
Addressing the learners, Mayor Vania Davids urged young people to grab the opportunity with both hands and use it wisely.
“As the municipality, we are working with various stakeholders to minimize youth unemployment, and we are very grateful to have Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) such as Mount Carmel Youth Training and Conference Centre who have the development interest of young people at heart. They fill the gap we do not reach as government,” she said.
Chivhinge said Mount Carmel is dedicated to equipping youth with necessary skills which they can use not only to be employable but also to create jobs in their communities.
The programme will run for 12 months, and learners will be placed on various farms in Maletswai.