Bloemfontein non-profit organisation, Pass it on Training Centre, has one goal in mind and that is to equip and train the public, especially the youth, in artisan trades to help reduce the high unemployment rate.
This comes after executive director and founder, Leon Kordom, together with his board of directors, saw that the Free State has the second-highest unemployment rate in South Africa. According to him, there is a lack of artisans in the city and the country.
“Many of our youth are caught up in drugs and crime because of unemployment and lack of opportunities. This dilemma exacerbates our youth dropouts with or without secondary or tertiary education. Many rehabilitation programmes are not effective and efficient; hence addicts are not practically equipped and skilled to start a new normal in their old environment,” Kordom explained.
The NPO aims to share more than 21 trades with the public. This includes bricklaying, plastering, painting, roofing, plumbing, paving, tiling, welding, boiler making, pipe fitting, motor mechanics, panel beating, spray painting and more.
“Our training is free to the public because too many people are unemployed and cannot afford to pay for quality training that can get them employed after training.” Kordom added that they are in need of sponsors to help them with training material in all the training phases. “The crisis we are facing is beyond our imagination and we need all the support we can get,” Kordom requested.
The project seeks to establish a construction training centre that aims to provide ongoing support for disadvantaged communities to eradicate the unemployment burden.
Pierce van Heerden