by Kgaugelo Selane

The Gauteng Department of Health, in collaboration with the Tshwane University of Technology’s Institute for the Future of Work (IFoW) and Mutsh Medical International, launched the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) Skills Development project on 2 May 2024. This initiative aims to address the skills gap and promote career advancement for more than 4 000 EPWP participants.

Dr Ntombi Mutshekwane MEC for Health and Wellness Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and Ms.Mpho Hlalele at the EPWP launch event

Gauteng MEC for Health and Wellness, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, launched the programme that will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to enhance their employability and transition from job seekers to job creators.

The Gauteng Department of Health endeavours to accelerate the skilling, upskilling and re-skilling of EPWP participants through agreements with accredited institutions of higher learning like TUT, TVETs and other skills development centres.

"This partnership demonstrates our commitment to equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern workforce," said MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko. "We are proud to work with TUT and the Institute for the Future of Work to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our citizens."

As a partner in this initiative, IFoW will bring its expertise in curriculum development and industry engagement to ensure that participants receive relevant, industry-aligned training. They will provide insights into the future of work and the skills required to succeed in a rapidly changing job market.

“As we navigate the evolving employment landscape, IFoW is dedicated to developing future-ready graduates with the skills demanded by industries in flux. Through close collaboration with industry and government, we strive to prevent unemployment and empower individuals with the tools to succeed in the labour market. Initiatives like the EPWP offer more than just stipends; they provide tangible skills development and our partnerships with the Gauteng Department of Health and Mutsh Medical International demonstrate our commitment to tackling unemployment head-on,” said Tseliso Mohlomi, Senior Director of TUT’s Institute for the Future of Work.

Tselio Mohlomi Senior Director of the Institute for Future of Work
pictured with MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and other industry experts at the EPWP launch with a

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