A successful two-week workshop was held in Aberdeen recently, where 15 adult learners were able to participate in a work readiness programme through The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CIETA).
Local resident Lee-Ann Kekana, the ward 7 committee member representing women, the youth and persons with disabilities, was the course facilitator. Originally from Port Elizabeth, she first moved to Aberdeen 12 years ago, has worked with the Klipplaat development Forum, and is very keen to be involved in upliftment projects.
The learners were from all sectors of the community that she represents, included some with learning disabilities. The participants are all currently unemployed, and most did not matriculate at school.
As well as preparing them for paid employment, the course also offered basic life skills such as time management and personal finance.
All those who took part in the workshops found it very helpful, and are looking forward to receiving their certificate of attendance.
Ward 7 councillor Rudy Jacobs spoke to the learners on the last day of the course, offering words of encouragement, and thanking them for their willingness to upgrade their skills.