The dynamic management team of Africa Skills Village, from left: Ronnelie Stevens, Elsie Harmse (managing director), Ronel Fourie and Phlip Harmse.
GEORGE NEWS - Elsie Harmse, managing director of Africa Skills Village (ASV), was voted runner-up at the George Business Chamber Business Person of the Year awards in October.
Elsie has been working in the industry since 1997 and, as a result of her experience in training, skills development and marketing, she discovered an essential demand in the Garden Route for a quality-driven private education institution. The culmination of her determined efforts resulted in ASV being established in 2008.
Elsie is known for her ever-positive attitude. She is a powerful and inspirational leader, always seeking the solution rather than seeing the problem. Elsie applies these skills to her team, stakeholders and learners on a daily basis.
Her initial vision focused on establishing an accredited institution that is easily accessible and more specifically focusing on identifying scarce skills and implementing skills development programmes. ASV, a national training and skills development company and Private FET College, has its head office in George, in addition to a SETA accredited training centre in Thembalethu and branches in Kathu and Cape Town.
Elsie believes that the aforementioned will undoubtedly foster job creation, especially by means of apprenticeships, learnerships and skills programmes incorporating work placement.
Through skills development constant job creation takes place. As more bursaries are awarded, more learners are recruited, which in turn leads to more facilitators being employed. Learners already in the system are placed at host employers in the Garden Route, which in turn benefits the business community and offers students the opportunity to work there and gain the necessary experience. ASV has trained approximately 800 students per year since 2008, with specific focus on the placement of learners after completion of training.
ASV also looks for potential in individuals so that they can develop and grow. In the last few years, three individuals have been taken on board from the George community, put through training and trade tests and have subsequently been employed by ASV as facilitators in their respective trades.
All the learning programmes are accredited by the relevant SETAs and successful students will accumulate credits and receive certification from the relevant SETA.
Contact Africa Skills Village at 133 Mitchell Street, 044 884 0791.
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