Stories of hope for jobseekers

The job readiness course graduates proudly showing off their certificates.
The job readiness course graduates proudly showing off their certificates.

A group of young people from Observatory and surrounding areas have been encouraged to make themselves more marketable to prospective employers.

The 15 youth and young adults completed a 12-day job readiness course from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 29 September at the centre of renewal, Loaves and Fishes, in Chatham Road. The Zanokhanyo Network (TZN) offers a holistic job readiness course that empowers underemployed and unemployed individuals with the confidence, skills and resources they need to find and retain meaningful employment and opportunities.

Job readiness trainer Meagan Daniels, who spent 12 days with the candidates, says the course was not without its challenges, adding that although only five people attended on registration day, 16 arrived on the first day and only one dropped out.

Daniels explains that the course includes basic computer skills, creating a curriculum vitae, searching for vacancies, job applications, rights and responsibilities, goal setting, time management, emotional healing, identity, and why character matters.

Giovanni Damons (30) who is a residential client at Loaves and Fishes says he is looking for opportunities in the construction industry. “I have never graduated from anything in my life, and I can’t wait to show my mummy my certificate,” he said at the small graduation ceremony held on the last day of the course. Damons explained that the course has taught him about integrity and doing the right thing. After a history of struggling with substance abuse, he is now ready to find meaningful employment.

The group paid homage to the mantra they had been reciting all week, “No Show, No Success”, by creating a song about it.

Graduate Thandekile Mthimkulu (25) said the mantra taught him that even if he didn’t feel like attending the course, he needed to be there because he had something to learn and something to teach, while his course mate, Melanie Barden, commented that the course taught her the importance of grit – being able to stick it out no matter how tough a situation may get.

Nomfundo Calana, opportunities manager at TZN, encourages graduates to take advantage of the free resources that the initiative provides. “We will be moving into our new central hub at 21 Nelson Road, Observatory soon and we would like to see you all there,” she says.

TZN will hold another job readiness course today (Tuesday) at Loaves and Fishes. The course costs R100 and includes a course manual and a light meal on each day.

V To register or for details on future programmes, email or call or WhatsApp 063 014 8514.

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