Releasing potential

2015-07-22 06:01
The second group of students to take part in a course at the Lionsgate Church’s recently opened vocational centre said the course has been inspiring. with them is trainer Smangele Mafu (third, right) and Corrinne Pulvenis (right) from Lionsgate Churc

The second group of students to take part in a course at the Lionsgate Church’s recently opened vocational centre said the course has been inspiring. with them is trainer Smangele Mafu (third, right) and Corrinne Pulvenis (right) from Lionsgate Churc

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LIONSGATE Church in Amanzimtoti recently opened a vocational centre to equip and empower people with employability and the entrepreneurial skills needed to support themselves and their families.

“There is so much potential, waiting to be released. We have been amazed at the incredible talent that is among our youth.

“However, only once they understand the value of their work, the necessity of planning a future, and that they need to work hard to achieve it, are they able to access a viable career path,” said Pastor Wesley Pulvenis.

Pulvenis said the centre is a branch of existing Work 4aliving centres in Port Elizabeth that have proven to be successful.

The focus is on helping the man on the street to find a job, to keep it and to be promoted as well as assist the unemployed to start a business and to grow it to a point where they can educate their children and live a dignified life.

The programme offered by the vocational centre, called “Siya­ Sebenza” or “We Work”, is made up of a 50- hour job skills programme that addresses some of the major problem areas that keep Africa, and South Africa, underdeveloped:

• The poverty mindset which says “I am poor, I will always be poor. I cannot change.”

• Entitlement - “I am owed something...”

• The dependency syndrome - dependency on government, NGOs or anyone who has anything.

• A lack of “standard of excellence” in the workplace.

• A lack of moral character in the workplace and in personal lives.

Once these issues have been addressed, Siya Sebenza equips students with a portfolio of job skills or business skills which will make them more attractive to employers, more employable and more equipped to start a business.

The centre then assist students to develop a vertical career path which leads to growth and development.

Instead of simply migrating from job to job, or stagnating in a business, students are taught to plan a career path, build their skills portfolio and maximise opportunities.

The centre is looking to partner with businesses, organisations or individuals who want to play a role in changing the country and the continent.

This can take the form of sponsoring the centre or employing from its graduate pool.

For further information contact 031 903 2196 or email admin@lions gatechurch.com

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