GEORGE NEWS - Free, accredited training for young people aged between 18 and 27 is offered at a satellite campus of the Atvance Academy, which was established in Thembalethu recently.
"We have launched with a 12-month Business Administration course, but might expand to include more courses as the demand grows," says Precious Mahe, the local coordinator who took the initiative to establish a campus in Thembalethu.
"I am very concerned about unemployment among youngsters in our community. Every year, new school leavers are added to the high number of job seekers, and they need skills that will enhance their chances of creating a better future for themselves," says Mahe.
Successful students can earn a National or FET Certificate. Admission requirement is a minimum of Grade 9 to enrol for a bridging course through which a learner can earn a matric certificate before moving on to one of the other courses.
Atvance is able to offer the tuition at no cost through sponsorships for students. "We approach businesses to assist by sponsoring a student while taking him or her in to do their practical training in the business."
Some of the other courses that could in future become available include Wholesale and Retail Operations, Information Technology, New Venture Creation, and Contact Centre Support.
Accredited tutors are available for the IT course, but they need computers and are appealing to businesses to lend a helping hand.
"By investing in the training of young people and giving them work, we can help them earn a living rather than turning to crime. In this way, we also create a safer community. Businesses enjoy a tax rebate for any contributions," says Mahe.
For more information on how to enrol at Atvance, contact Mahe on 079 191 4448.
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