International NPO known for training unemployed youth, debuts in Bloem

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An NGO well known for developing youth and placing them in jobs will finally launch a branch in Bloemfontein on the 16th of March 2017 at the Apostolic Faith Mission. Image: Facebook

It was almost a year ago when Statistics South Africa shocked the nation with the release of a report that stated that black youths between 24 and 34 years old were less skilled than their parents, and every other race and age group. It is also these young people who make up the bulk of South Africa’s unemployed.

While the Provincial Government is trying its best, they do need help from the private sector, SMMEs, as well as non-profit organizations (NPO) to make an impact in the province. This is where Work4ALiving (W4AL), an NPO launched in 2010, comes in. This organisation, which boasts 26 centers in South Africa and many others in other countries such as the Philippines and Uganda, will finally also be making its mark in Bloemfontein.

Work4ALiving is best known for teaching unemployed youths valuable skills and then placing them in various industries best suited for the candidates, based on their skill sets and personalities. W4AL seeks to empower youths in the metro city with skills such as how to find a job, how to get promoted, how to run their own businesses in addition to many other skills that are often only taught on paper, but are hard to come by in real life.

Ongezwa Nododile, who is a graduate of the programme, says she took the course and was then selected to be part of a hospitality programme in November 2015. Thereafter, she was granted the opportunity to become an intern at a 5-star private game reserve as an intern for three months. At the beginning of March, she was confirmed as a permanent employee and is now a laundry manager. She credits the skills given to her during her initial two weeks of training in the W4AL programme.

Mandisa Zamani, who will be spearheading the Bloemfontein branch, says they are excited at the prospects of the NPO in Bloemfontein and they look forward to more stories such as Nododile’s but this time from youths in the Free State.

Those interested will be requested to only pay R100 to attend the two-week course, where on completion of the course, they can expect to receive a certificate endorsing them for employment from the W4AL job centre. Youths in the City of Roses can expect the NPO’s launch on 16 March 2017 at the Apostolic Faith Mission on the corner of Bree and Levey Streets in Hilton, Bloemfontein. To partake, youths are requested to bring R100 for registration, a copy of their ID as well as writing material (pen and notebook).

To book yourself classes for the programme or for more information, check out their Facebook page at “Work 4 a Living- Bloemfontein”. You may also contact 073 511 3101 or 051 448 8681. Good luck!

Pulane Choane- BloemfonteinCourant