Learn while you earn

2016-07-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied With their certificates are (from left) Yanga Fumba, Sthembiso Zulu, Bongumusa Zondo, Sbusiso Gcwabaza, Rhonda White (facilitator), Sthembiso Mkhize, Sabelo Mnikati, Siphelele Mchunu and Nkosinathi Zondi. These men are employed in the warehouse of Workwear Depot in Pietermaritzburg and completed a national certificate in wholesale and retail operations, specialising in stock control.

PHOTO: supplied With their certificates are (from left) Yanga Fumba, Sthembiso Zulu, Bongumusa Zondo, Sbusiso Gcwabaza, Rhonda White (facilitator), Sthembiso Mkhize, Sabelo Mnikati, Siphelele Mchunu and Nkosinathi Zondi. These men are employed in the warehouse of Workwear Depot in Pietermaritzburg and completed a national certificate in wholesale and retail operations, specialising in stock control.

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INNOVATIVE Shared Services (ISS) learnership offers people is a new lease on life enabling them to further their education through a yearlong certificate, with options from NQF level 1 to level 5.

Rhonda White, ISS training manager, said that the learnership programme is about upliftment and improving skills sets for companies whose employees need additional qualifications.

White said that numerous companies have come on board and release their staff during working hours to attend classes.

“This allows them to still earn money, but also study. They are being paid to upskill themselves, which is fantastic as many of them could afford tertiary education and some of them were forced to leave school and were unable to complete matric,” she said.

She added that although some of them come into the programme nervous and sceptical when they leave they are completely transformed.

“It’s such an awesome thing to see the joy on their faces when they complete the learnership.”

White recently had 10 unemployed people in Mpophomeni, who were recommended to them by Ethembeni Place of Hope, a Christian NGO, that ISS sponsored.

“They allowed us train at their venue in Mpophomeni and took a keen interest in their academic development. We had 100% success rate with all 10 completing a national certificate in wholesale and retail operations.

This was also done with Workwear Depot. Time Freight is another of our clients and they have put over 100 of their staff nationwide through either a national certificate in freight handling or a national certificate in professional driving,” said White.

Learnerships develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as develop skills related to the student’s workplace.

The learnership
programme is about
upliftment and improving skills sets for companies whose employees need
additional
qualifications

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