Youth get plumbing jobs

2017-03-16 06:02
Graduates of a solar and plumbing course in Mfuleni with tutors from IThemba Labantu, VHP Holdings and WC government. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Graduates of a solar and plumbing course in Mfuleni with tutors from IThemba Labantu, VHP Holdings and WC government. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A group of young people from Mfuleni will now be proud holders of trade certificate in Solar Energy and Plumbing.

This lot will begin work as plumbers at a local building site in Bardale following a rigorous six months training.

This is result of a partnership between the Ithemba Labantu Lutheran Community Centre, Western Cape Government and VHP Holdings, construction company HP holding which is currently building RDP house in the Bardale area.

On Tuesday, this group received their certificates and will go on to work in the installation of solar geysers and general plumbing at the Bardale development.

According to their tutor Russel Conradie this lot has the skills to do the job as they have begun their work during their training.

“They undergone a 6 month training period where they spend four months doing the theory and the rest of the time on site learning the trade.

They were repeatedly tested for competency and they have succeeded, they were very dedicated and eager to learn,” said Conradie.

He said that the aim is not only for these young people to find work but the be self employed and do more.

“We hoping that they will work and eventually start their own enterprising as a plumbing is a much needed skill as well as the understanding of solar technology as more and more people are depending on it,” Conradie explained. He said that this was the first group and that the next group will begin training in April. Sean van Horsten said that they were humbled to be part of the skills development of local youth.

“We are both humbled and grateful to be involved in initiatives in skills training of young people in the area as we have been working here for more than 10 years.

There is hope for the young people and this makes us quite proud and we are really hoping to see you guys in the field, We also hope that this will not end in you gaining employment but by creating employment for yourself and the community,” he said.

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