The announcement was made in Nongoma last week during the official launch of the training programmes.
The UIF, through its Labour Activation Programmes (LAP) unit, has signed partnership agreements with Mhlathuze Water; the Construction Seta; uMfolozi TVET College; the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Seta; and the Services Seta, for the recruited learners to participate in learnership programmes.
The training will focus on skills including construction, welding, freight handling, business administration, poultry farming, plant production, community health and sanitation.
The learnerships will comprise theory and practical training and learners will receive a R2000 monthly stipend. The state-owned entities that partnered with the UIF to do the training have already engaged possible employers, including municipalities, for possible employment or projects that the learners could work on upon completion of their learnerships. Recruitment for the projects is already under way and learners will start training soon.