Booth Camp helps develop skills

2016-01-27 06:00
SOME of the students during the computer training course at Roodepan Y-Centre. Photo: Supplied

SOME of the students during the computer training course at Roodepan Y-Centre. Photo: Supplied

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ORDINARY youths from the Northern Cape who are not attending school also benefitted from computer training presented by loveLife’s Business For Social Change and Absa.

They form part of the 450 recruited youths from nine Y-Centres in seven provinces since the programme commenced in 2015.

The students will take part in the training that is divided into four phases.

These are entrepreneurship skills, computer training, business modelling and design, and workshop X also referred to as Booth Camp.

Aiming to curb the burgeoning rate of unemployment and consequently eradicate poverty, Business For Social Change is grooming young people, teaching and encouraging them to start their own businesses.

The computer course, underway at the Y-Centre in Roodepan from 18 to 29 January, is aimed at equipping the youth with basic computer skills to prepare them for starting their own businesses.

According to loveLife’s Business For Social Change senior manager, Peggy Pillay, computer literacy is identified as key in the business world.

“They were in dire need of computer skills, and thus we localised this session,” said Pillay.

The team numbers has reportedly dropped due to 133 of the youth finding employment elsewhere.

The partnership saw Absa funding an amount of R2,6 million for training over two years.

Pillay clarified that the group has already completed the first phase of the programme and will proceed to the third and final phases in Johannesburg.

Pillay continued to explain that the group is now facing more challenging parts of the training by facilitators.

Elaborating on how phases three and four are more practical, Pillay explained how much more tense the young people are.

“During the third phase we will be looking at more ways of simplifying their business ideas through workshops and allow them to identify the right models with the help of their facilitators. Here they will also be interrogated on the working environments,” Pillay explained.

“They will be taught how to pitch to potential funders who might also help them in establishing their business during the final phase.”

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