In the latest of Corobrik’s nine-week bricklayer courses, twelve Swellendam residents were empowered with skills for suitable employment in the construction industry. The sponsored candidates were taught bricklaying practices, as well as life skills, which would enable them to establish their own businesses.
“We have been successfully running a number of NQF-level bricklayer training courses out of our three training centres for a number of years now, with fantastic results achieved,” says Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik’s manager in the Western Cape.
This not-for-profit programme is aimed at creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged community members by enhancing public facilities at small, rural towns, with attendees sponsored by various organisations such as the Swellendam Tourism Economic Empowerment Partnership (STEEP).
Farouk Davids, skills training co-ordinator of STEEP, points out that all the candidates expressed an interest for self-improvement. “The key considerations in the selection process were people interested in bricklaying with some experience in the building and construction environment,” he says. “They were looking to become part of a skilled workforce and were willing to do hard work.
“During the training, we work with local construction and the building industry about possible employment opportunities,” he adds. “A highlight was co-ordinating a local building and construction industry forum, where the trainees were introduced. We are continuing discussions with construction companies that expressed willingness to provide job opportunities.”
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