Opportunity knocks in the Kouga region

2015-06-25 06:01
Attending the official launch of the Centre of Excellence, situated at 34 Bureau Street in Humansdorp, are (left) Kouga Executive Mayor, Daphne Kettledas, and Woodlands CSI andamp; marketing co-ordinator, Carmelia Miles. 
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Attending the official launch of the Centre of Excellence, situated at 34 Bureau Street in Humansdorp, are (left) Kouga Executive Mayor, Daphne Kettledas, and Woodlands CSI andamp; marketing co-ordinator, Carmelia Miles. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Centre of Excellence, situated at 34 Bureau Street in Humansdorp, celebrated its official launch at a gala event on June 17.

The facility was initiated by and is operated by Victory Christian Church.

Pastor Louis Els says: “The centre opened its doors early February 2015 and we have trained 53 persons to date, of which 41 have found employment. We are proud to be associated with the Centre and are happy to invest in the people of the Kouga region.”

Newly appointed Kouga Executive Mayor, Daphne Kettledas attended the event and commented on the positive effects that the facility will provide for the region. “The launch of this Centre comes at a time when it is truly needed. Unemployment, especially among our youth, is of great concern. A centre of this nature can give young and old a headstart in the job market by equipping them with the ethics they need to be successful at work.”

The purpose of the centre is to present a programme that will bridge the gap between employers seeking reliable staff and job seekers who are adequately prepared for the rigors of the modern day workplace. The programme being presented at the centre titled “Work4aLiving” was developed by Ena Richards, and is underwritten by Middlesex University. “We confront the poverty mind set, and moral ethics make up the fibre that weaves our programme together,” says Richards.

Woodlands Dairy partnered with the Centre of Excellence and Richard Hutton, General Manager: Human Resources says: “This training programme is a lifeline for job seekers who look to enter the employment market but do not know how to present themselves to a possible employer or how to conduct themselves in a professional environment”.

Any employers who wish to recruit employees have the option of contacting the centre, who will match them with capable individuals who have successfully completed the Work4aLiving programme, at no charge.

Learners are equipped with these skills at a nominal charge of R100 for the two week course.

Employers who experience the need to send existing staff members on the training programme may do so at a nominal fee, which is tailored to the employer’s need

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