21 February 2019
50 unemployed graduates offered a stepping stone through the NSFAS-UIF partnership
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In a country marred by high levels of youth unemployment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has, through a partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), given 50 unemployed NSFAS funded graduates from the Western Cape Province a helping hand.
In a country marred by high levels of youth unemployment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has, through a partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), given 50 unemployed NSFAS funded graduates from the Western Cape Province a helping hand. This fruitful partnership was officially launched today, May 03, in a media briefing held in the Western Cape Province.
This much needed opportunity in the form of a Graduate Programme, will see the 50 graduates being placed at NSFAS offices for a period of 12 months to gain work experience in their respectful fields.
“Youth unemployment has characterised the struggles of our young people in the past years and still continues to do so currently. As National Student Financial Aid Scheme, we are at the forefront of young people’s frustrations and are the first ones to see the impact of high numbers of graduates who have completed their studies but are unable to find employment”, NSFAS Administrator Dr. Randall Carolissen said during the launch. He added that NSFAS commends the UIF and the Department of Labour for this prestige opportunity in ensuring that graduates can play a part in the country’s economy. “This training programme is the first of its kind, and therefore needs to be celebrated”.
The launch was attended by the selected graduates, officials from UIF, NSFAS and Department of Labour whose Director-General Mr. Thobile Lamati gave a keynote address and expressed his gratitude to all involved. "These are unique opportunities that come once in a life time, grab these opportunities with both hands”, he advised the graduates.
The opportunity has been met with truly grateful hearts as the graduates have indicated how overjoyed and excited they are about it."Unemployment is a huge problem in South Africa and we are grateful to have been given an opportunity. This initiative will not go unnoticed" said Luchulumanco Nanto speaking on behalf of the graduates who are placed at NSFAS.
Another beneficiary, Andile Mtsibantu who is a Public Management B-tech graduate said she was grateful for the opportunity as she cannot wait to see what’s beyond the NSFAS doors. “I want to give back and serve the society”, she added.
The participants are expected to start working at their respective departments on May 6, 2019.