A group of 50 youngsters from the Chris Hani District have considered themselves amongst the lucky few, following their selection to the learnership programme sponsored by the Construction Education and Training Authority. These youngsters who comprise both of males and females will through this initiative acquire skills in building, plumbing, and civil construction. This group of youngsters were officially welcomed by CHDM acting mayor Cllr Nonzukiso Matiwane at Gali Thembani Youth Care Centre during the launch of the programme. This event was one of many project launches happening during the celebrated Chris Hani Month in April.
In welcoming the youth to the skills programme Cllr Matiwane said “ this launch coincides with the celebrations of the Chris Hani month, it is therefore critical that you consider yourselves to be fortunate, as many of your friends were not as lucky to have been selected”. She (Cllr Matiwane) further added that by championing initiatives of this nature we are advancing the ideals of Chris Hani in action. CETA provincial coordinator Chrisentia Khanyile said the decision was undertaken to invest in the Chris Hani district, this was after their research revealed that this district has a shortage of building, plumbing and electrical skills. This training is set to benefit the youngsters who have passed grade 12 as well as the unemployed youth. Upon the completion of the training the youngsters would receive certification which is NQF level 4.O
One of the beneficiaries of the programme Mkhokeli Sifumba said he is truly happy to have been amongst the group of people who were selected, as skilled obtained from this skills initiative will render him employable. Conclusively it is envisaged that partnerships of this kind will continue in an effort to invest in the youth of this district