Last month (September) our first three trainees completed their training with The Woodshed. Our pilot project is now finished and we have to ask who has learnt the most? Well, we at Khanya have learnt a lot about curriculum development, finding and managing trainers, how to finance this kind of project for starters.
What of the trainees? We never envisaged them emerging as fully fledged carpenters at the end of ten months, that would be unrealistic. However, we hoped to give them basic knowledge and skills on which to build themselves a career or at any rate find employment. Given the different circumstances and health of the three we are pleased that two of them in our view have benefitted from what was on offer. We have decided to support one of them through further training, and the other two will be given tools and support to find work.
As well as keeping an eye on these young men, we are now working in partnership with The Grahamstown Project on a sewing skills workshop, more of this in our next blog.
We had hopes of a training project involving another local construction business, but the pandemic has put a stop to that, for the next six months or more at any rate. However, we continue to maintain our links with friends and supporters in Grahamstown/Makhanda and welcome suggestion as to how we can be involved with skills training.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.