MyWoodSkills expands

2019-06-18 06:01
Students look on as they are being introduced to the course.

Students look on as they are being introduced to the course.

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Acommunity-based cupboard building skills development initiative, MyWoodSkills, aimed at school leavers, unemployed men and women, homeowners and do it yourself enthusiasts, has launched another course.

The organisation is based in Kenilworth and in due time they hope to spread their wings to the Cape Flats to reach as many people as they can.

Their courses are mostly distance learning that means one can do them on mobile devices and anyone from anywhere in peninsula can apply and take part. They also have face-to-face sessions which they set up at community venues close to where the students live. The course covers kitchen and cupboard design skills, digital 3D drawing, the assembly of cabinet carcasses, fitting tops, drawers, shelves and doors. Most of the theory will be covered in online modules containing digital learning material graphics, video clips, multiple choice test and assessments.

MyWoodSkills is the brainchild of Cedric Bouwer and his partner Johan Scroner who have both been exposed to adult education. Through MyWoodSkills they share their own carpentry skills with others who could use them to expand their own employment or small business opportunities. “The initiative was born from us offering informal carpentry skills sessions at library halls or even under trees next to a road where jobless people waited for passing motorists to stop and offer. We believe that skills are the key to employment and self-employment,” says Bouwer.

The courses are open to everyone and they are grateful to some businesses donating wood and hardware, making it possible to offer free courses to a limited number of people who need the skills but can’t afford to pay. The free launch period will run for about three months.

“After the free period, we will put a fee structure in place. This is just to sustain the project and our aim is for everyone to benefit. We want to uplift the community and we hope that people will take the free course with both hands,” he says.

Their call is to everyone to take part and also to have businesses send their entry level employees to be upskilled.

Bouwer says a bundle of panels will also be supplied to students to perform certain practical tasks including building a bathroom wall cabinet at home which will be theirs to keep. They will also have a student graduation ceremony and issue their students with a certificate of attendance and competence. WIN! WIN!! WIN!!!V Five lucky readers stand a chance to win free spots for the course. To enter, send a brief motivation to Cedric Bouwer on mywoodskills@gmail.com describing why you deserve to be one of the five winners to the course. Competition closes on Thursday 27 June, end of business. Successful applicants will be notified via email

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