Cape Town - The employment prospects of at least fifty youth from various communities in need in Cape Town have been given a boost by the extension of a memorandum of agreement between the City of Cape Town and the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa.
The agreement between the City's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department and Fedhasa was originally signed in 2016, to provide workplace training for 20 young people.
“We are extremely excited to be able to partner with the City of Cape Town on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) programme for the second year running, especially seeing that the numbers have grown to 50 interns. Many of the FEDHASA Cape member establishments have come on board and they will be providing hands on experience and insights into the very demanding world of Hospitality. We look forward to growing and expanding this programme with the City of Cape Town and ensuring that many of the interns are in a position to secure permanent employment as a result,” said FEDHASA Cape chairperson, Jeff Rosenberg.
In 2016, the City and FEDHASA Cape signed an agreement for a pilot project that saw 20 young people placed with various FEDHASA Cape members to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Seven of the participants eventually secured permanent employment.
Now, the pilot project has paved the way for 50 candidates who will participate in phase two of the agreement, which started on Sunday. The candidates will be selected from the City's transversal youth development database of young people who have already completed work and employment readiness training initiated by the City.