Research indicates a steady rise in the number of graduates who struggle to find employment in their areas of expertise. (Pic: Shutterstock)
Johannesburg - The Gauteng government will offer 300 unemployed graduates work experience in its offices, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Sunday.
"The 300 graduates...[will be] placed within various departments for experiential learning in areas of tourism, engineering, information and communication technology, design, food and beverages, amongst others," Mokonyane said in a statement.
She said the unemployed graduates, who hold further education and training qualifications, would be placed during this financial year.
In the last financial year, 7 986 internships and learnerships were provided by the provincial government, she said.
"Youth unemployment, if not addressed with a sense of urgency, could have a negative impact on the economy, more especially in the Gauteng province as it is the economic hub of South Africa."
The premier also asked other employers to expand the number of interns and graduates taken on by their organisations.
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