The City of Cape Town has helped two young people realise their dreams of becoming engineers. This forms part of the City’s investment in developing scarce skills, in line with its commitment to creating an opportunity city.
Sandisile Walaza, the son of a single parent, always knew that he wanted to be a civil engineer but had all but given up on his dream. A bursary from the City not only helped him complete his studies, but he is now employed by the City’s Transport for Cape Town Directorate.
Civil engineering student Daneel du Toit had the opportunity to attend university, but had it not been for the City’s external bursary programme, his opportunities for employment upon graduation may not have been as strong.
‘We are pleased that we could create an enabling environment for Sandisile and Daneel. This is part of the City’s efforts to address the scarce skills gap in Cape Town, and at the same time build talent for the future. We seek to up-skill young people from around the country in order to fill critical job categories. We provide the bursary for these youngsters, and it is up to them to pursue their studies and make a success of their career. This is a shared responsibility and partnership with our youth for mutual benefit,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Demetri Qually.
The City has increased its spend to R107 600 551 over the past year, to offer more training opportunities to external unemployed people. This has resulted in a better trained and empowered internal staff complement.
In terms of its Work Place Skills Plan and Training Opportunities, the City created a total of 1 268 external learning opportunities. These included 314 apprenticeships, and a further 788 external opportunities made up of 264 learnerships, 97 graduate internships and 427 cooperative training opportunities. External bursars have increased to 166.
In doing so, the City is living up to its strategic intent of making Cape Town an opportunity city and providing work and learning opportunities to unemployed youth.