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City of Cape Town supports youth during lockdown for future job opportunities

According to the official press release:

The City of Cape Town’s Department of Enterprise and Investment is continuing to invest in upskilling, training and sourcing talent for Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) during the lockdown. We don’t train just for training’s sake. The training we have done has created a better link between demand and supply for skilled people.

The City of Cape Town has appointed Lulaway Holdings as our service provider for a placement initiative and I am immensely proud of the successes achieved.

Our partnership with Lulaway has seen 6 000 unemployed residents trained in basic work readiness to date, with a majority of these residents being placed in work opportunities in sectors such as transport, wholesale, retail, and call centres.

During the lockdown period:

  • Very importantly, job seekers will still be able to register on Lulaway’s online recruitment portal for free: www.lulaway.co.za/registercapetown and I encourage those who are seeking job opportunities once the lockdown has been lifted, to please register.
  • Additionally, if new vacancies relevant to the permitted activities become available during the lockdown, Lulaway will contact those registered on its database for placement.
  • Lulaway has uploaded their training content and videos onto their website (www.lulaway.co.za/training-videos) and are making it freely available.

Through the Department of Enterprise and Investment, we are working closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure we continue to provide support across economic sectors during this time.

While we all adjust to the new ‘normal’ this crisis has created, my job as the Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities, together with our Strategic Business Partners, is to find new and innovative ways to help stabilise our economy and continue supporting initiatives that create job opportunities in these very difficult times.

Africa Live – CGTN: Lulaway enables over 2000 youth to find jobs in Cape Town

The Lulaway workforce development project with the City of Cape Town has already placed over 2000 unemployed youth into work opportunities. Watch the full story here.

Lulaway to establish 20 new Job Centres in Cape Town

Lulaway is to establish 20 new Job Centres in areas within the City of Cape Town where youth employment is most needed. The opening of these Job Centres is part of Lulaway’s strategic expansion of its national network of over 200 Job Centres, and the appointment of Lulaway by the City of Cape Town to implement a city-wide outcomes-based, high-impact three-year programme.

The programme aims at addressing some of the key barriers identified by the City that bar the unemployed residents from accessing job and training opportunities. The programme aims to screen, train and place unemployed residents into temporary and permanent training and employment opportunities.

The programme will focus on residents, particularly youth, located in the high-density, traditionally marginalized areas of the Cape Flats, Khayeltisha, Gugulethu and Langa.

The project comes as a beacon of hope to a city where the general unemployment currently sits at 25% and a youth unemployment rate of 36%.

The goals of the programme include the assessment of 30 000 unemployed residents, provision of training to 6000 relevant candidates in work-readiness skills and the subsequent placement of 4050 residents in various employment opportunities.
The integrated programme will achieve the required outcomes by strategically addressing the unique challenges facing the City and its unemployed residents.

“A key challenge we were tasked to solve is the lack of an integrated and co-ordinated employment services eco-system. There is a disconnect between job seekers and employers and the services and programmes they require. The impact of this absence is most evident areas with high populations of unemployed youth such as in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Langa, Cape Flats, Atlantis, Samora Machel and its surrounds. As a result, discouraged youths often turn to crime and other destructive behaviours in order to support themselves and their families”, says Lulaway CEO Jake Willis.

“Another crucial challenge is lack of access to jobs and available opportunities. The City’s dispersed population means that certain areas are geographically excluded from the formal economy. This is a pattern we encounter across the country especially in the non-urban township areas.”

“Finally, the City experiences a lack of integration and communication between all relevant stakeholders. This leads to under-resourced employers, unspent funds by government and unemployed residents which results in overall socioeconomic despair”.