Skills training in Tshwane gets a major step up from Rama

Low-cost skills training for poor unemployed people in Tshwane’s north-west areas is set for a huge boost thanks to a groundbreaking public-private partnership deal between the Tshwane metro council, the University of Pretoria and Rama Horizon Developments, the company involved in the multimillion rand Rama City project.

In terms of this agreement, Rama Horizon Developments is to lease part of the council-owned Mabopane Skills Training Centre as a base for its much-expanded skills training programme that will now be open to all residents of the city’s north west sector, not just the Rama community as originally envisaged.

“With unemployment at such high levels, there is an urgent need for skills training in a wide variety of fields so that people can improve their employment prospects or even better, start their own businesses,” says Rama Horizon Developments CEO Jo Pelser.

“This is what we had in mind when we and our training partner MSL Strategies, put together the original skills training programme to be run in tandem with the Rama City development project, so that the residents of this new town we’re helping to build near Garankuwa could immediately start to create their own local economy.

“However, when the Tshwane council got to hear about what we were doing – and what a great response we were getting – it approached us about expanding the programme and opening it up to the whole north-west sector of the metro, which includes Soshanguve and Winterveld as well as Garankuwa and Mabopane.

“We were very excited at the prospect, but obviously needed an bigger training centre and more classrooms to make it work, and this we now have in the Mabopane centre, where we can accommodate 150 trainees and thus run about six courses at the same time.

Pelser says Rama Horizon Development and MSL Strategies have also been working closely with the relevant government departments and sector training authorities (SETAs) to ensure that the courses on offer will all comply with NQF requirements and will lead to recognised and really useful qualifications.

Courses on offer will not only be in information technology and design, but also in the building and construction fields, communication, tourism, catering, energy efficiency, pre-primary education, first aid and management, and there will also be ABET courses.

“What is more, we are expanding the subject choice even further by encouraging students from the University of Pretoria to become involved in the project.”

Article from: www.ramacity.co.za