The establishment of a fully equipped carpentry classroom aims to equip learners and young student school leavers in the Dwarsriver Valley with skills and employment potential. The first Grade 8 and Grade 9 students have been enrolled and the facility will provide them with basic formal training in carpentry, reinforced with theoretical knowledge and practical on the job training.
Craig Brown, Chairman of the School’s Governing Body, has said that the carpentry training facility was a dream that he never thought would be realised. “Many people in the valley do not have access to tertiary education, and do not have employable skills when they leave high school. Now we can offer pupils basic formal training in order to raise the quality of skills in the industry and increase the employment opportunities for young people”.
The carpentry initiative not only trains the young people, but will also place them in apprentice positions to ensure that they develop on-the-job knowhow and confidence in their practical skills.
A contribution of R30 (€2) per month (R360 or €36 per annum) provides carpentry materials for one learner per annum/ or offer and apprenticeship.