Bank skills initiative inspires adults

2008-03-13 00:00

An innovative skills development initiative by Albaraka Bank, the Durban-based Islamic Bank, has resulted in the training of a group of unemployed men and women in the construction industry.

The bank has utilised the construction site of its new headquarters as the platform from which it has enabled these individuals to learn a variety of skills related to the construction sector.

Last year, the company announced plans to build its new R63-million headquarters at the Kingsmead Office Park, a location that has rapidly become a hub for the financial services corporate community in Durban.

The group gathered skills in bricklaying, steel-fixing, plastering, carpentry and plumbing.

The bank’s R150 000 initiative was conducted in partnership with the Resources Development Centre.

The beneficiaries now walk away with practical experience gained at the construction site and training course certificates.

One of the women who benefited from the project, Zanele Maseko, told The Witness she is already adding more depth to the array of skills she acquired on the course, by now learning about tiling.

"I like to work with my hands and I want to show other women that we can make it in the construction field. I eventually want to start my own construction business."

kavith@witness.co.za

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