POPUP launches skills development centre in PE

2017-05-31 06:02
POPUP training programme graduates, Siphelo Memani (left) and Michayle Price.           Photos:SUPPLIED

POPUP training programme graduates, Siphelo Memani (left) and Michayle Price. Photos:SUPPLIED

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NON-PROFIT Organisation People Upliftment Programme (POPUP) has just launched its first skills development centre in Sidwell, which will benefit the people of Port Elizabeth.

POPUP was established in 1999 and strives to empower the unemployed through training programmes offered at their skills development centres.

People aged between 18 and 45, who have no tertiary education, receive training during the course of the programme.

“Though candidates are not required to have even a Grade 12 certificate, they must be able to read, write, speak and understand English and be available for full-time studies,” said Louise van Heerden, manager of the POPUP skills development centre in Sidwell.

The cost of the training programme is R100 per person, which includes stationary, textbooks and a meal.

“The objective is to ensure that each person who commences training at POPUP completes all of the elements to ensure greater success – literacy development, skills training, job placement or enterprise development and self-sustainability,” said Van Heerden.

Before entering a skills programme, each learner is required to attend a 15-day Life Skills - Foundation for Life programme, which focuses on the restoration of the individual.

After completing the life skills programme, learners can enroll in the Adult Education and Training (AET) programme to become functional in English and Mathematics and to ensure they are ready for any skills programme.

After the AET programme is complete, they can choose from a variety of skills programmes, including security, painting, sewing, computer skills and much more.

POPUP runs on a volunteer basis and is heavily reliant on volunteers and donations. It is a B-BBEE Level 1 contributor and is regarded as a value-adding organization.

For more info on POPUP or to apply for a programme, contact 041 360 8941 or louise.vanheerden@popup.co.za.


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