Skills development for Sobantu youth offered

2016-11-02 06:03
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Students at the skills development programme at the Sobantu community hall.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Students at the skills development programme at the Sobantu community hall.

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WORKING with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), Ward 35 councillor Sandile Dlamini is determined to upskill unemployed youth in his community.

Dlamini initiated a skills development centre in Sobantu that has enrolled more than 30 students to acquire the fundamental expertise they need to secure work in the building industry.

“We are providing these unskilled workers with recognised qualifications in brick laying, block laying and carpentry.

“Once they have completed the courses, they are in a better position to find gainful employment with construction companies and may even go on to establish their own enterprises,” said Dlamini.

Training is conducted at the Sobantu community hall, combining theory with practical implementation. The training started on 10 October and will run until 22 November.

“The programme was started after seeing a shortage of skills in the community, which results in unemployed youth engaging in criminal activity.

“We want them to be employable and we are happy to see they have committed to the programme from day one.

“It is all about helping people attain the skills they need to earn a living.”

Dlamini said in the long run, they want to negotiate with contractors so that the trained students will be given a chance of being employed.

Bonginkosi Sangweni from Sobantu, one of the students enrolled for the programme, said it will help him.

“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime because we get certificates accredited by NHBRC.

“It is very difficult to get a job nowadays and our families are struggling.

“This programme also offers us an opportunity to be self-employed and not wait for someone else to hire us to put food on the table for our families.”

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