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YOUTH BIGGER, BETTER YOUTH ADVISORY CENTRES

Out of school youth and unemployed graduates around the country are set to benefit from the new services offered by the Youth Advisory Centres (YACs) of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund.

The centres offer services for students seeking information on scholarships, learnerships and career advice. They also help unemployed graduates looking for job opportunities or those who want to start their own businesses.

To meet the growing needs of young people, Umsobomvu recently opened a bigger YAC in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. It offers Umsobomvu's products and services in one building.

Umsobomvu will soon be opening more full-service YACs in Durban, Rustenburg, Witbank and Cape Town, and later in other provinces. This will help bring their services closer to more people.

Starting and growing businesses

So far, the YACs have managed to reach close to 500 000 young people. The addition of new services at these centres will help to reach even more young people.

The Nelspruit YAC will help young people who want to start or grow their businesses and school-leavers or graduates looking for jobs. The YAC staff will also refer young people to suitable employment agencies or youth service providers that can help them find jobs.

In addition, the YAC will help young business people by offering services to help grow their businesses. It will also link them to business or job opportunities. Services will further include helping students to get scholarship, linking them to bursaries, learnerships, volunteerships and internship information. It will provide contact details for educational institutions for those wanting to further their studies.

- Mbulelo Baloyi