Blikkiesdorp youth shine at certificate ceremony
In 2017, the City of Cape Town in association with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College launched an exciting skills development programme to benefit 100 residents from Blikkiesdorp.
Already a year later, Cape Town Mayor, Ms Patricia de Lille, Deon Cloete; General Manager of ACSA, representatives of False Bay TVET College, the Blikkiesdorp Community members and the student beneficiaries gathered to celebrate the individuals who successfully completed the civil construction related skills programme for a Certificate Ceremony.
Through a multi-million rand skills development joint investment from ACSA and the City and an application to the Construction SETA (CETA), False Bay TVET College was able to secure funding to support training in the civil and construction trades. The Blikkiesdorp community benefitted considerably from this grant through training.
With these training opportunities and the qualifications the residents will receive, they will be empowered to improve their chances of finding work opportunities, become active participants in our economy and earn an income for their families. Each of the students received a certificate and toolkit, which consisted of work tools relevant to the bricklaying industry. Programme beneficiaries also had the privilege to participate in the MOT life-skills development programme. MOT, is a Norwegian training programme which gives young people the strength to manage peer pressure, to believe in themselves and to take responsibility for their own lives and future.
These are the mental and emotional tools to be examples in their community. ‘The City of Cape Town is truly grateful to our partners, ACSA and the False Bay TVET College, for their investment and commitment to the residents of Cape Town. This is testament to the fact that we can all work together to empower our residents, especially those from disadvantaged communities’ Mayor De Lille said. ‘This programme is so much more than just a skills programme. It represents dignity, respect, hope and opportunity for a better future.
Practically speaking, it allows the graduates access to the job market – with these skills the graduates are far more employable than previously.” said ACSA General Manager, Deon Cloete.
Acting Principal, Mrs Karin Hendricks, said False Bay TVET College values the partnership with the City of Cape Town, ACSA and the Blikkiesdorp community and is privileged to be part of such an innovative initiative where community members are upskilled to not only build their own homes, but to deliver on the philosophy of ubuntu in assisting other community members to build their homes.
As a result of the prosperous collaboration, the City is exploring the extension of the Skills Development Programme to two other areas adjacent to the Cape Town International Airport.