ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

01 October 2015

EThekwini Launches Community Skills Audit 

EThekwini Municipality is committed to assisting residents unlock their potential and develop into a qualified and professional workforce thereby improving employment and business development.

This will be achieved through the Community Skills Audit programme. Residents are encouraged to register on the Municipal skills database which is available at Sizakala Centres and Councillors’ offices.

The database will be used to identify existing educational qualifications and skills in the community and provide an analysis of further education and training needed to develop these skills.

The Community Skills Audit was launched today, 1 October 2015, at the Durban City Hall. The collection of data will run for the duration of the month and is only open to eThekwini residents.

EThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo said the programme will allow unemployed youth to be equipped with a new skill or find employment if they already have a qualification.

“Skills are the back bone of economic development. This is one of the interventions we are making to connect people with education and training opportunities. This will allow under-utilised human capital to be efficiently utilised,” Nxumalo said.

Nxumalo said the Municipality is exploring skills and educational levels of residents.

“Eighteen wards in the South Durban Basin have collected over 4200 questionnaires from the community already. The Skills Audit will further look at existing businesses and identify gaps for developmental purposes,” he added. 

The Community Skills Audit is in line with national and local governments’ strategic objectives. This includes the New Growth Path through National Skills Accord, National Skills Development Strategy, the eThekwini Long Term Development Framework under Plan 2, which is aimed at economic development and job creation. 

If you have a formal qualification and a set of skills please visit your Ward Councillor’s Office or Sizakala Centre for skills registration. You can also register online www.durban.gov.za/skills 

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4855 or email: princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za.