The skills development project was started in March 2008. The criterion for entry to this program is that the learner should be unemployed.
Hard Skills are construction related skills - bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, plastering - which are some of the identified needs for the Swartland region.
Life skills, including family development, communication, values, goals and responsibilities will run alongside the hard skills trainees so that they can develop holistically.
One of our current projects, in partnership with Provincial Housing Department of the Swartland Municipality, is to rebuild seven damaged houses. This gives our learners practical training on the job. To date four houses have been completed with the remainder due for completion by December. Our trainees do the brick/block laying and carpentry, and the balance will be completed by the municipality.
A solar manufacturing project has been initiated, mainly to target low cost and RDP housing. This is a job creation initiative and will be manned mainly by disabled persons.
We will move towards becoming an accredited Construction Seta (Ceta), an internal process will have to be introduced and adhered to.
The need for training in welding skills is under investigation.
An up-to-date community analysis is required for the area, and Learn To Earn will be contracted to help us implement this research.