MEC launches learner driver programme
In a bid to increase the employability of youth in the province, the Northern Cape MEC for Economic Development and Tourism – Ntsikelelo Jack in partnership with the Northern Cape Economic Development Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA) have launched the Learner Driver Training Programme in the Frances Baard and Pixley ka Isaka Seme Districts.
Speaking from the podium during his departmental budget vote, the MEC said the Driver Training Programme will target employable youth who do not possess a drivers licence but can get access to employment with a drivers licence. “One of the fundamental variables that are there in developing and growing the economy is skills development. That is why we are underlining this particular part, we have said that we are taking the biggest area with the largest population and are inviting young people to become empowered, “ affirmed MEC Jack.
The programme has been launched in the biggest and smallest districts of the province. Service provider Allistar Uren says that the programme is unique in the sense where it makes use of a scientific approach to driving through the use of a high-tech driver simulator that affords participants the opportunity in gaining invaluable driving experience in a controlled environment. “We will give them twenty hours in the simulator and then they will be assessed. After the assessment they will then go for another twenty hours in the vehicle with a fully qualified instructor. We will then afford learners two attempts at their driver license test because we know how nervous people get when they go for testing,” explained Uren.
The training programme not only incorporates passing for licence tests but is a mixture of life skills workshops which will include; the preparation of Curiculum Vitae, job interview skills, communication skills and personal finance. “One of the fundamental reasons why our young people are failing to secure job opportunities is the fact that most of these opportunities need an extra skill. They need drivers licenses they need young people to present themselves well,” said the MEC.
Two centres have been identified for the first phase of the project and is open to 150 candidates in the Frances Baard and Pixley ka Seme District. In subsequent months, additional centres will be opened in the ZF Mgcawu, Namakwa and John Taolo Gaetsewe districts to cover the rest of the province.