Reality Training Centre provides free skills training

2016-05-11 06:00

THE REACH Reality Training Centre was established in 2002 to assist rehabilitated persons financially - short term - while they were getting back on their feet.

It soon became clear that being financially independent was an enormous obstacle. To make matters worse, available employment required skills and being unemployed; their candidates could not afford training.

REACH took the next step and started the Reality Training Centre project to provide free skills training.

The demand for the training was so overwhelming that in 2004, Reality opened its doors to all unemployed people. Since inception they have trained in excess of 3 300 students.

Courses currently offered include: basic computers, bookkeeping, catering, industrial and domestic sewing, entrepreneurship, work ethic and literacy.

Last year they trained 632 students and are now positioning the organisation to train up to 1 034 students per year, free of charge.

The centre also assists students from Greenwood Primary with literacy.

All this has been achieved despite challenges such as premises, equipment and funds.

Nolovuyo Ngqandede, a former student at the centre, said, “I heard about the centre through a friend of mine. I did the catering course. On completion of the course, I started my own Catering Company in Motherwell. I have since been booked for two functions and I have been able to employ people to help me with the functions. I would definitely recommend the centre to others, especially those that don’t have the finances to pay for further education after completing their matric.”

A Quarterly Labour Force Survey revealed that 34.3% of the Nelson Mandela Bay working age residents are unemployed.

The reality Training Centre provides skills to help eradicate unemployment and to provide hope and direction to those that do not see a bright future for themselves. – REPORTER

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