Bosch Ulwazi’s national skills upliftment programmes assist youth from disadvantaged communities to further their education and find meaningful employment close to home.
The company’s latest programme in the Eastern Cape, focuses on construction and is being offered to 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, near East London.
This programme is a partnership between the Local Government SETA (LGSETA) as the funder, the local municipality as the employer and Bosch Ulwazi as the training provider.
“This 12 month learnership in construction, is a combination of classroom based training, integrated with construction related simulations, which culminates in an NQF registered qualification,” explains Balan Govender, managing director Bosch Ulwazi. “The work-based learning curriculum will prepare learners for work placements on construction sites within the local municipality of Ngqushwa.
“To date, 50 learners have completed the programme and are waiting for final moderation from the SETA. 150 people are in the third month of the road construction and supervision programme.
“Our primary aim is to address the gap between the current education and training provided and the growing needs of the labour market. We believe education is central to skills upliftment in South Africa and we are proud to support the development of many deserving learners who are unable to further their education because of financial restraints.”
For ease of costs and logistics of running a training programme in the remote town of Peddie, facilitators and mentors from Bosch Ulwazi have relocated to temporarily reside among the community for the duration of the learnership programme.
Bosch Ulwazi’s training services, which are offered around the country, are designed to develop the skills of unemployed youth. Accredited programmes assist young South Africans to find employment and ultimately empower communities into small enterprise development.