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Flooring businesses invited to contribute to skills development

by Tania Wannenburg
Sparrow Jnl1.14

Sparrow FET College is offering skills development programmes to learners from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to help fight South Africa’s rising unemployment rate and encourage learners to become self-employed entrepreneurs.

The college, which offers SETA-accredited courses and programmes in various fields, also offers a Carpet installation programme that is very successful.

Industry corporates are currently being encouraged to come on board to offer relevant skills to learners interested in the flooring industry. “We partner with reputable corporate companies who have identified skills shortages within their own organisations or industries and together we train the youth in much-needed skills that will see them become employable within the organisations. We therefore assist companies to recruit and select the right candidates for the job,” explains the Fundraising Assistant at Sparrow Schools, Pearl Nkosi, before explaining that industry representatives are also able to provide work experience and sometimes even tuition funding for learners who are unable to meet the financial demands of the training.

“Our learners are required to go gain work experience whilst studying with us and this experience is obtained through the partnerships with industry which often leads to an apprenticeship offering full- time employment once they have completed the programme,” concludes Nkosi.

Businesses interested in training and developing youth into skilled employees who can contribute to the economy and simultaneously improve their organisation’s BEE scorecard can contact Sparrow FET College on 011 482 1015 or visit http://sparrowschoolsblog.co.za

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