Skills development initiative brings hope

Some of the individuals who have been chosen for the skills development programme.

With many people losing their jobs during this period, a skills development initiative that was started in December 2019 by Econo Foods, has brought some much needed hope to 53 unemployed individuals.

According to Chief Operating Officer of SA Campus, Lourens Kleynhans, 53 unemployed individuals between the ages of 19-29 were elected to get a free education. He explained that the purpose of this initiative is to develop the skills for less-privileged individuals in an attempt to remedy the unemployment problem in the country.

Kleynhans said Econo Foods also sees it as an opportunity to give back to the local community. “They have also started recruiting learners from within the families of their own workforce as a way to give back to their employees.”

He told Bloemfontein Courant the training leads to a qualification in Generic Management, and has a duration of 12 months. “It is a combination of theory and practical training. Upon completion of the theory component of the qualification, the learners are placed at the employer to gain practical experience in the workplace.”

He added that because Econo Foods is expanding rapidly, the training and development of future employees are prioritised to ensure that they are market-ready in order to be absorbed in one of their emerging branches.

SA Campus, as the training provider, has partnered with these organisations to assist in the recruitment of the learners for the qualification. These organisations identify learners from less-privileged backgrounds to benefit from such an initiative.

Sazly Hartzenberg