A TRAINING learnership programme launched last week at the Gali Thembani Youth Care Centre will see 50 youngsters obtaining plumbing, building and civil construction skills.
The project was introduced by the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta).
Provincial coordinator Chriscentia Khanyile said the training was for the benefit of recent school leavers and unemployed people in the region.
“We have researched critical and scarce skills around the province and identified that in Chris Hani there is a shortage of building, plumbing and electrical skills.”
The learners will receive a NQ Level 4 certificate. “They will also be getting certificates because the training facilitators are accredited.”
Chris Hani Development Agency CEO Thukela Mashologu said they would pay accommodation for the learners at the centre and each learner would get a monthly stipend of R1 500. “We are in partnership with the Ceta but they do not provide travelling allowances so we will pay for their accommodation and meals for the next three months.”
He said learners were selected from all local municipalities within the district. “There is a trend that people who do this kind of jobs are not from local areas but from other provinces and outside the country so we want to help the local youth become entrepreneurs.”
Mkhokheli Sifumba 23, was happy to be selected to join the learnership. “This will help us gain skills that will put us in a better position to gain employment or we can start our own businesses.”
Zandile Seke, 26, said she had been unemployed for the past few years. “I heard about this through a friend. Hopefully this will help us towards building our dreams because I want to start my own business.”