Learnership pumps up youth

A group of youths currently doing an an internship at Nyanga Engen garage.

A learnership programme aimed at empowering young people in the fuel sector has started in Nyanga and will soon be rolled out to other townships.

According to Masithuthuke Holdings chief executive officer, Liyanda Handula, the purpose of this learnership programme is to curb the high unemployment rate among the youth.

“We are capacitating unemployed youth. We see the benefit of this intervention as it gives us an opportunity to engage government and potential employers in the fuel retail sector to improve the broader socio-economic needs of the youth,” said Mr Handula.

He said the programme started in the Western Cape and was currently being implemented across the country.

It is designed to address skills shortages in the fuel retail sector and prepares applicants for a better career in the fuel retail sector. The training is being rolled out nationally across 248 garages in various provinces via the Masithuthuke Online platform as it’s not yet possible to conduct face-to-face classes.

The duration of the learnership programme is 12 months and the monthly stipend is R3 000. The qualification for this learnership programme is a National Certificate: Service Station Forecourt Attendant Operations.

Engen in Nyanga, which has 14 learners, is among the 38 garages across Cape Town participating in the learnership programme.

Mr Handula has called on garages in surrounding areas such as Gugulethu, Langa, Khayelitsha, Delft, Mfuleni and Mitchells Plain to get involved in next year’s programme.

For more details, call 087 701 3423