Place Category: Businesses
Background and History
Wamakersvallei Training Centre is a registered 21 company based in Wellington in the Western Cape. The Centre opened its doors in 1998 to welcome the first group of students. This community-based centre provides training that is a much needed and affordable service, giving individuals who would otherwise never have had the opportunity, a new beginning in life. Our main objective is to train unemployed people to become skilled workers or entrepreneurs in the field of Frail Care, Child Care, Home Management, Cooking, Baking and Hairdressing Assistants. Not only do they receive training in theory and practical experience, but also obtain valuable life skills and knowledge.
Wamakers and Unemployment in SA
The unemployment rate in South Africa is a staggering 24%. In fact, the unemployment rate has not been below 20% for the past 17 years. Of particular concern is the high rate of youth unemployment. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the unemployment rate of those aged 15-24 is around 50% – the third highest in the world after Greece and Spain, which were both stricken by the euro crisis. Unemployment in South Africa can lead to crime, poverty, depression, drug abuse, divorce, and homelessness to name just a few. Wellington also has its share of this problem.
Wamakers part of the Solution
Wamakers’ vision is to provide training to disadvantaged, marginalized community of the Drakenstein. Our aim is to empower individuals with the necessary skills to compete within the job market and generate their own income. By doing this we directly influence the unemployment rate in our country. With our holistic approach we aim to educate individuals in order for them to take ownership of their own lives and lead healthy happy lives. Except for the formal training an important part of the curriculum of the Wamakersvallei Training Centre is to give training to students with regards to Life Skills, HIV/AIDS, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Pregnancy. We also are privileged to have the services of a psychologist to assist the students. By doing this we equip individuals with the necessary knowledge to positively influence their families and communities.
We see our intervention as holistic, responding to needs and driven by community leadership. Experience and skills are regularly donated by the Paarl and Wellington business community.
What we offer
Wamakersvallei offers a variety of courses. We offer 3 certificate courses that run for 8 consecutive weeks and a number of short courses that only run for a couple of days. Courses are presented in Afrikaans three times a year and in English once a year.
1. Certificate Courses (Course contents are available on request)
All students are to complete the BASIC HOME MANAGEMENT course of ten days (2 weeks) and thereafter to elect one of three options, namely:
- Frail Care (6 weeks)
- Child Care (6 weeks)
- Salon Assistant (Hairdressing Assistant) (6 weeks)
- Cooking (5 days) excluding Basic Home Management
- UNISA Baking 1 (3 weeks) excluding Basic Home Management
2. Short Courses
Courses run throughout the year 1-2 days only. These courses include:
- Personal Development,
- First Aid Level 1
- Health and Safety Representative, Food and Nutrition
- Safety and Saving
- Receptionist Training
- Crafting Skills
Certificate Courses are R3000,00 per student including the R1500 deposit, 10 day Cooking Course R3000,00. Shorter course fees are dependent on the course but in general we offer a course for R3000 per day for 20 learners.
Annually we train about 300 students, mainly from the Drakenstein area. Although most of our students are currently female we would like to accommodate more male students and is currently in the process of researching opportunities to do so.
We play an important role in placing students with clients who are desperate in need of a Carer, especially when a parent or husband is terminal ill. In general we try to keep track of our students and aid them in finding a job, however we are not a recruitment/placement agency and do not have enough capacity to do this for every student. A re-occurring challenge is the fact that student’s addresses and contact numbers change regularly and makes this process very difficult. On average we successfully place 45 students per year.
What we need
Wamakersvallei is a community centre run on student fees. We are very dependent on donations and sponsorships. One of our principal beliefs is that our training should be affordable to accommodate the marginalised community of the Drakenstein area. For this reason we keep our course fees very low.
Why Wamakers is successful?
Wamakersvallei Training centre is not only a platform where students receive educational and skills training, but it provides a safe developmental environment to the community. Students feel that they can find hope at Wamakers, for their futures, families and wider communities. While we are having a direct impact on the unemployment problem of South Africa we are also providing a holistic experience to the individuals coming to Wamakers. We therefore encourage the Municipal Wards of Wellington to support the Centre in addressing the issues of the community but also playing a vital role in changing lives.