National Library of South Africa & Lulaway embark on a groundbreaking job creation partnership
Unemployed youth can apply for jobs at national libraries through Mzansi Libraries Online
Lulaway and the National Library of South Africa launched their job creation partnership 12 September 2017 at the Sharpeville Library in Gauteng.
The partnership between the social enterprise Lulaway and the NLSA will see 27 community libraries house Job Readiness Centres, with a further 300 earmarked for rollout in 2018. Each of these job centers will offer job seekers the opportunity to register their full CVs, for no charge, on the Lulaway online database and apply for available vacancies. These job seekers will be instantly connected to a range of employers nationally and be able to access a diverse range of job opportunities.
The establishment of these job centres is an extension of NLSA’s multi-million rand Mzansi-Libraries Online project which has received funding from the Global Libraries Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant was given for strengthening public libraries in South Africa through provision of new technologies (computers, data, software) and training in ICT to uplift local communities.
Hundreds of national libraries have been equipped with the latest technology and data connections for all library users to access. As a further to the communities, the NLSA has appointed Lulaway to further utilize the library space and access to technology by establishing Lulaway job centres at 27 of these libraries.
These job centers will be managed by the 65 graduates of the NLSA BCX Graduate Internship Programme. The previously unemployed youth completed the training programme where they acquired ICT skills and training. Through the Internship Programme they also received training on the Lulaway Portal in order to assist job seekers.
ICT skills play a crucial role in helping the youth create more opportunities for themselves in terms of employment and entrepreneurship. This collaboration between the NLSA and Lulaway will play a significant role in contributing to skills development amongst the youth.
This initiative will provide unemployment youth with access to technology and information in order to take advantage of employment opportunities as well as align libraries as informa¬tion hubs contributing to the developmental needs of the communities.