The city of Johannesburg is aiming to provide education and employment opportunities for 200 000 local youth by 2016.

The city of Johannesburg is aiming to provide education and employment opportunities for 200 000 local youth by 2016.

The announcement was made by the Parks Tau, Mayor of the City, at his State of the City address on Wednesday in Braamfontein.

Called Vulindlel’ eJozi, the initiative will enable young people to become participants in the economy on a step by step basis. The programme, which is due to be launched on the 1st of June this year, will begin by testing the aptitudes of young people enrolled in the programme, in order to provide them with tailor-made opportunities to suit individual skill sets. The programme aims to equip the youth with numeracy and literacy skills along with digital literacy giving the participants greater job opportunities.

As part of the digital literacy initiative, the City has partnered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), to appoint 3000 youths who will work as digital ambassadors. These ambassadors will be responsible for promoting digital literacy training in their communities as the city rolls out free access to Wi-Fi in designated public hotspots. It is hoped that the work of these ambassadors will help more individuals make use of the opportunities provided by the free Wi-Fi. High-speed broadband access has already been launched in some of Braamfontein’s public places.

The Mayor also announced the rollout of an online university education programme in partnership with international institutions that will be made accessible through the city’s public libraries.

At the moment, 40 young people are enrolled on the programme which works through the Massive Open Online Varsity which provides a learning gat