EPWP work­ers trained

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Western Cape News - NADINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@afro­tone.co.za

THE city of Cape Town yes­ter­day an­nounced that it had fa­cil­i­tated com­puter train­ing for 300 tem­po­rary work­ers through the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP).

The five­day train­ing course, valued at a to­tal cost of close to R520 000 for all par­tic­i­pants, was the lat­est ini­tia­tive de­signed to en­sure that EPWP work­ers get more value out of the pro­gramme and im­prove their job prospects.

The par­tic­i­pants were put through their paces in sev­eral ar­eas that in­cluded key­board skills, in­tro­duc­tion to com­put­ers, MS Word level 1­3, MS Out­look level 1­3 and Win­dows 7/8 level 1­2.

“We live in a world where an un­der­stand­ing of and abil­ity to use dig­i­tal tools is cru­cial. It also opens up a new world of pos­si­bil­i­ties for job seek­ers and im­proves their chances of em­ploy­ment.

“I am very ex­cited for this group of par­tic­i­pants and the train­ing is some­thing that we will look to pro­vide to oth­ers in the fu­ture so that they too can cut and paste a new path for them­selves,” may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity and so­cial ser­vices JP Smith said.

Other ex­am­ples of value added train­ing through the EPWP ini­tia­tive in­clude a work train­ing pi­lot project with the Fed­er­ated Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try of South Africa (Fed­hasa) as well as an as­sis­tant ar­ti­san pro­gramme run by the city’s depart­ment of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion, among oth­ers, ben­e­fit­ting more than 500 in­di­vid­u­als.

The train­ing and skills devel­op­ment pro­grammes are based on re­search around the growth sec­tors in the coun­try and the city, so that the par­tic­i­pants are equipped with skills that will im­prove their em­ploy­ment prospects.

MMC JP Smith

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