Training for unemployed

2019-05-14 06:01
Students showing off some of the products that they have made. PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Students showing off some of the products that they have made. PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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There is still enough space and time to apply for an upholstery learnership at Mitchell’s Plain Skills Centre (MPSC), Frank Gabriel Fredericks told People’s Post last Thursday.

Fredericks is the chairperson of the board at MPSC and he spoke of current student Reagan Sass from Portlands and facilitator Adenay Makhari.

He said their learnerships were subsidised by Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) and was structured in two components: level one and level two.

According to Fredericks, one needs to first do level one before he can move on to complete level two.

It is a 12-months long programme that is a combination of theory, practical and job placement which is not guaranteed, but there is a dedicated official within MPSC who is responsible for placements.

Requirements for potential trainees are; they need to be a South African citizen, unemployed and must have passed Grades 10, 11 or 12.

“The learnership is open to all. Opportunities are not mutually exclusive to Mitchell’s Plain residents,” he explained with regards to the areas they target.

All interested applicants need to do is visit the organisation’s premises, fill out the form, then wait to be called in for an induction that takes four hours.

All the details about the programme will be explained and this is crucial because it helps applicants to decide if this is something they really wanted to do.

He also encouraged those who might not have the money to apply and pay the registration later to apply as well.

Those who get selected to do the programme get a stipend.

“We understand the need for them to do the learnership, therefore, we do not say if you do not have money, do not come. You can come and make an arrangement to pay when you have been paid your first stipend,” he explained.

He also added that students have an option to pay in two instalments.

The programme like many others they run is not about money, but about youth development and empowerment.

Sass is part of the current class doing upholstery and he said that applying for the learnership was the best decision he made.

“It has been a good experience, you learn a lot and this is something I grew up wanting to do,” Sass shared.

He said that the facilitators are well-groomed, they transfer skills to them and have a lot of good energy.

He also added that he was proud of himself for having attained some skills that he is now able to teach others.

“When I finish the learnership, I want to start my own furniture-making business,” he shared.

Makhari was part of the first class in 2009, she made a good impression on the organisation and she was later offered the job in 2015.

She said that working with MPSC had been a pleasing experience and having beenable to teach people the skill had also been a highlight.

She wished success to all the new applicants: “Teaching them to push forward in life gives me satisfaction and I wish that they finish, go out there and be the best they can be. Even be better than me.”V For more information on the programmes they offer, contact Mitchell’s Plain Skills Centre on 021 391 0152 or go to their website www.mitchellsplainskillscentre.co.za.

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