Skills development centre offers training to transform student lives

Skills Development centre in Ennerdale is providing young students an opportunity to transform their lives by way of a variety of skills training programs and job placements. The Making a Difference (MAD) Squad Development Centre, which happens to be funded by the government, opened its doors 6 years ago offering courses in welding, boiler making, sewing and fashion design, basic computer training and entrepreneurial projects including life skills.

In a show of support, the Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and her entire executive team and senior management staff traveled to the centre last week. The premier in addition has assigned numerous MEC’s together with heads of department make sure that the process and placement of 50 boiler makers students to various provincial departments comes about.

“MEC for Infrastructure Development Qedani Mahlangu will work closely with you in terms of placement. The government wants to make you better people,” said Mokonyane.

In order to avoid local youth from abusing drugs and alcohol, the premier declared that the local government would offer all the necessary support and access to economic opportunities for the students of the centre. Premier Mokonyane commended the facilitators of the centre for the education and skills development programs they offer, adding that it empowers youth and provides them the cabability to stay away from the social ills that happen to be rife in the region.

“Don’t use drugs. Love yourself enough to say no to drugs. As the government we know that if we don’t deal with the issue of drugs then you won’t have the skills and the talent to look after the country’s economy. You are the future leaders of this province…therefore you need to be responsible citizens,” said Mokonyane.

The premier furthermore has promised to intensify policing efforts in the area to get rid of and arrest all drug dealers. This is not only confined to the Ennerdale region but across all communities.

Local students are ecstatic about the skills development centre and hope that the courses and training available at the centre will provide them with the opportunity to enhance their lives and those of their families.

Welding facilitator at MAD Squad, Enoch Magaye, informed the premier about the lack of machinery and equipment. At the moment the centre only has 3 working bays and requires a minimum of 7 in addition to improved ventilation in order to avoid students getting sick.

For additional information contact the Gautneg Premier’s spokesperson Thebe Mohatle on 082 373 1146

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