Developing skills for career success

Young people in the Kouga area have been working hard to develop essential life and technical skills to help them get a job and get ahead.

Since June, Kouga Wind Farm has sponsored 30 candidates from Sea Vista to take part in the Siyazenzela Youth Programme presented by the Wilderness Foundation Africa.

The two-week Siyazenzela training develops basic employability and leadership skills to give young people the confidence and skills to enter the job market successfully. Of the 30 candidates, 15 have already found placements at a supermarket in St Francis Bay.

Following the basic course, 10 candidates were selected for the three-month Siyazenzela Plus programme, which fosters specific practical skills for the hospitality sector. This industry is a major employer in the Kouga area, which will improve the graduates’ chances of finding and maintaining employment.

In another positive development, seven volunteers from the KwaNomzamo Home-Based Care organisation also successfully completed their Varsity College short courses.

Funded by the wind farm, the courses included project management, office administration and personal computing, which will help them to manage the day-to-day KHBC operations more effectively and efficiently.

Mfundo Oliphant scored top marks in both personal computing and office administration with 91% and 77% respectively.