March, 2020. Kliptown
township is a place of infinite potential. With a population of approximately
44 000 people, high unemployment rate, high teenage pregnancy and high
rates of HIV/AIDS, its people still remain hopeful.
“A few years ago,
representatives from the township approached us asking for assistance. They
believed that in order to combat some of these socio-economic ills in their
community, education would play an integral part,” says Services Seta’s CEO,
“Initiative is a very
attractive attribute. When faced with challenges, it is so important that we
look around at what is available to us and try resolving these in creative
ways,” she says.
The request was for
financial support to run learnership programmes in business administration and
a hygiene and cleaning programme. Beneficiaries included matriculants and young
mothers in the community who had no matric. Services SETA responded with a
grant to the value of R4 550 000 for 100 learners in the stipulated
“Today, 83 of those
learners are graduating, it has truly been a phenomenal journey to watch.”
The project, which
commenced in November 2018 saw three training providers appointed, and 48
institutional partners who hosted learners for their practical work.
From the learners who
benefited from the programme, 86% were female, one learner was disabled and 87%
of the total group were classified as youth.
“It may not be easy,
at face value, to understand the conditions under which some of these learners
had to push to succeed in this programme. Their resilience and determination
has already started paying off. Some of the learners have already been absorbed
by companies such as Bidvest and Panarrotis,” she says.
The dropout rate for
the programme was at a low 12%, 83% of the learners obtained their full
qualifications and 5% obtained partial qualification.
“Today is about these
learners, a showcase to their communities of how far hope can take you. In true
African form, their achievement is something the whole community can boast
about. It’s also evidence of how well the SETA system can work,” she says.