Gauteng Social Development launches job centres to address unemployment among the youth
THE GAUTENG Department of Social Development launched the first of 20 job centres to address unemployment and poverty among the province’s youth, on the 23rd of July 2012. The job portal is called Lulaway Job Centre. It is a walk in facility equipped with computers and manned by trained young graduates on Louis Botha Avenue in Johannesburg.
About 8000 young job seekers are expected to be registered and trained by the end of this 2012/13 financial year. Of these, 5000 will be placed in various permanent positions in the private sector; more than 107 private sector companies have pledged their support for the project. At the centre, the job seekers will be able to register on the job portal, receive career guidance, conduct screening tests and be assisted with job placement and job counseling. Free assessments are offered to ensure that young people pursue careers that complement their strengths.
An entry level position is only available to unemployed youth. The department intends to establish 20 job centres throughout the province. The centres will be housed in existing development centres, Thusong Centres and Business Enterprise Centres as they are closer to communities.