‘Upskilling the community’

2018-06-05 06:00
Councillor Mark Kleinschmidt motivates 16 participants before handing over their awards on Tuesday. PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

Councillor Mark Kleinschmidt motivates 16 participants before handing over their awards on Tuesday. PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

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A small group of residents of ward 60 made their way to Lansdowne Civic Centre on Tuesday morning for a special awards ceremony­.

The 16 participants in a leadership training programme which took place last month, from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 May, received their official completion certificates on the day.

“This programme was hosted in ward 60, from the ward allocation, under the auspices of the City of Cape Town. The facilitator who hosted it for us was Bounce Back Community Development, with a strong mission statement of building good character,” says ward councillor, Mark Kleinschmidt.

“These participants were chosen for the programme a while back when we sent out messages to all the civic associations across the ward, with the aim to uplift youth and women in leadership.”

Kleinschmidt says many of the participants are unemployed or have no matric certificates at hand.

“This was part of an upskilling programme for the community in our ultimate endeavour to secure employment for them. The training included leadership skills and advanced leadership training in the workspace, specifically focusing on different kinds of leaders, management styles, responsibility, accountability, availability, visibility and respect, among others.

“The participants will continue with other programmes throughout the year to uplift them even more. They have done previous courses before, and each course they do thereafter is more advanced, to grow them for whatever career they have.

“My important focus in this ward is employment, and my commitment as the ward councillor is to continue the life skills programmes for the residents. This should enable them (participants) to seek employment,” he adds.

The total budget for the programme was R35 000, which included food and educational materials, among other things, for the chosen participants.

V For more information, visit the councillor’s office at Lansdowne Civic Centre in Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne­.

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