The first Job Readiness Centre was officially launched at Emfuleni Local Municipality’s Sharpeville Community Library on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Aimed at empowering youth by availing access to employment opportunities, the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through its Mzanzi On-Line Project partnered with Lulaway Holdings to establish a network of job centres in libraries across the nine provinces.
During her address at the official launch yesterday, the CEO & National Librarian, Prof , MD Rocky Ralebipi- Simela, explained that 65 unemployed young ICT interns have been recruited and trained in order to render services and facilitate the implementation of the job readiness centres. “ The NLSA/ Lulaway Job readiness Project will enable participating libraries to offer better services in preparing unemployed library users from local community to register and seek employment opportunities on-line using the internet facilities and ICT equipment ant their local library”, she said.
Through this initiative, the NLSA in collaboration with Lulaway, partnerships with the corporate sectors will create employment opportunities for youth. About 60 representatives from the corporate sector attended this launch. . MEC for Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation, Faith Mazibuko called on companies to support this initiative. She encouraged youth and community members to use opportunities presented by government for their own benefit. “go out there and tell others that Sharpeville library has computers, access to free Wifi, and now the system that allows the job seekers to enter the job market” the MEC said during her concluding remarks.
Emfuleni Local Municipality has welcomed the job readiness centre and believes that the newly established infrastructure will aid in increasing employment levels of the community. The municipality encourages the youth to make use of the library facilities in order to apply for jobs. The interns will assist them to create curriculum vitae which are then uploaded into the system the links them to potential entry level employment opportunities available in the market.
The collaboration between NLSA and Lulaway Holdings will go a long way in contributing to the skills development initiatives of the National Development Agenda (NDP 2030) and increasing capacity at libraries which are confronted with the challenge of aligning and addressing the developmental needs of communities.