Nothing says success like a training programme that has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Denron / Komatsu Training Centre at the Derbyshire’s Diepriver Farm in Plettenberg Bay has helped about 1000 unemployed people in the Eastern Cape learn to read and write English, do maths, and how to use a computer over the past 10 years.
A history of skills development
The project manager, Magda van der Merwe from Triple E Training, says it all started on 18 April 2007. “Denron wanted to do something for the many unemployed youths from the Bitou area, and wanted to include educational training in its social upliftment programme. At the end of April 2007, a total of 12 young people from New Horizons were the first students of this project. By the end of 2007 there were 24 students. Since its inception, the centre assessed 938 students, and issued 2470 certificates of qualifications. Today it provides education to unemployed youths from Kranshoek, Kwanokuthula, New Horizons, and Wittedrift. This year will also see the addition of the Business Practice NQF 1 qualification to the roster.”
Changing lives together
“Many of the students have been able to find employment,” says Magda. “And some even continued their studies at one of the further or higher educational institutions like South Cape College, Tsiba University, or the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.”
Magda mentions that one of the students, Selvin September, is in his final year studying Electrical Engineering in Mossel Bay. Some students even excelled by being selected part of the students’ representative councils at their respective institutions. Other students became facilitators themselves, feeling it is important to give back to their community what was given to them.
True broad-based black economic empowerment vs BEE compliance
This is a prime example of how community training contributes to empowerment of the people of South Africa. Many companies are so focussed on BEE compliance that they forget what true transformation and empowerment is.
Yet, through true empowerment companies automatically comply to BBBEE. Companies can earn points on the skills development element of the BEE scorecard when they include unemployed people from the community into their skills development programmes. In addition, training of individuals from the surrounding community will have a positive influence on the outcome of the socio-economic development element of the scorecard.
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