40 youth pave way for ca­reer in build­ing

Daily Dispatch - - News - By MBALI TANANA

FORTY youths from Mdantsane will to­day re­ceive cer­tifi­cates after a four-day build­ing tech­ni­cal skills train­ing work­shop at the Mdantsane Youth Cen­tre.

The work­shop, a first-leg of a se­ries of train­ing stints, will see the group ac­quire ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tions, en­abling them to start their own con­struc­tion com­pa­nies and cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This par­tic­u­lar train­ing fo­cuses on house con­struc­tion stages such as type of soils, foun­da­tions, su­per struc­ture, roof and fin­ish­ing, prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion and oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety,” Na­tional Home Builders Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil (NHBRC) pro­vin­cial train­ing of­fi­cer, Abongile Nt­loko said.

“The pro­gramme is part of the NHBRC’s youth in con­struc­tion skills devel­op­ment aimed at pro­vid­ing nec­es­sary skills for the youth to en­ter the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, ei­ther as work­ers or com­pany own­ers,” Nt­loko said.

Later this month, NHBRC will of­fer a home­build­ing tech­ni­cal skills course tar­get­ing emerg­ing con­trac­tors in Mbizana.

Founder of non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, Priyo Yakhi Phupha, Palesa Mahlatjie, which aims to em­power com­mu­ni­ties by bring­ing such projects to un­em­ployed youths through mu­nic­i­pal struc­tures, said: “Buf­falo City has been boast­ing about fast­be­com­ing a con­struc­tion site, and it only makes sense to equip the un­em­ployed youth as to al­low them to get em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties from ev­ery­thing that is hap­pen­ing around them.

“There are so many hous­ing de­vel­op­ments where they can also be em­ployed and give the youth more work ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Anda La­ten­dle, 32, said he had learnt a lot from the train­ing.

“After this train­ing cer­tifi­cate I will be re­ceiv­ing (it) will open up doors for me,” he said. —

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