Vision AfriKa has started its first-ever training programme for post-High School students in order to help them learn a trade and become skilled woodworkers.
The nine-month initiative, which began at the start of January, has taken on eight students aged 18 to 35 so far, but has the capacity to train another 22. The course runs each morning from 9am until 1pm Monday to Friday and participants have to complete a minimum of 24 hours training as well as successfully undertake a competence test in order to pass.
During the teaching sessions, students will learn the basics of wood as a material, how to use woodworking machines safely and how to make items such as furniture and children’s toys. They will also take part in personal development sessions and be given training in how to run a business.
Once the learners have successfully completed the course, they will be eligible to enrol as apprentices elsewhere. But the top six performers will also be offered to chance to continue onto phase two, where they will be given guidance to start their own woodwork business with the support of Vision AfriKa.
Students do not need to have taken part in Vision AfriKa High School programmes in the past to enroll.