Khulekani Ndlovu started a Job Readiness course – which has had a significant impact on his life – in July, when he heard about what the Dream Centre in Howick does from a friend.
“Before I went to the Dream Centre, I had no self-esteem and I did not believe I could do anything,” he said.
With systemic poverty and unemployment on the rise in the community, the Love Howick Dream Centre was birthed to break the cycle of poverty, by equipping and empowering the unemployed with “employability” and entrepreneurial skills needed to support themselves and their families.
Work for a Living
Using the “Work for a Living” programme developed by Siya Sebenza, the Dream Centre runs various training programmes aimed at addressing barriers to entering the job market, as well as overcoming the skills deficit among the labour force.
Through lectures, roleplaying, assignments and mentorships, this programme has a proven track record around the country of producing employable adults who have a strong work ethic and a passion for excellence, integrity and commitment in the workplace. During July, more than 50 students completed courses and three new businesses were started, with nine students being employed by local businesses.
“I now believe that I can do the things I have in my mind. The Dream Centre also helped me to get a job. I wouldn’t be employed if Dream Centre wasn’t there,” said Khulekani.
Khulekani has been employed by a local landscaping company.
The centre has an exciting August lined up, changing lives like that of Khulekani, with a Barista Course (R550.00) and Waitering Course (R350.00) launching this month, as well as the Wired4Business (R100.00), Office Administration (R400.00) and Job Readiness (R100.00) courses.
Find the Dream Centre at 17 Bell Street, Howick. Those who would like to assist financially, sponsor a trainee, partner financially with the Dream Centre or offer their time – can visit www.lovehowick.com for more information.
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