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Academy calls locals to up skills

The Reach Make It! Skills Academy in Kuils River now offers a plumbing course.

The academy, situated in the Kuils River industrial area and co-founded by the Dutch organisation Leweza, prides itself on offering accredited courses in welding, among other things, and now also includes plumbing in their curriculum.

Humphrey Joseph, CEO of the academy, says the main reason they decided to offer this course in addition to their other courses is because they realised the importance of preserving water. “The world is currently facing water challenges. There are so many leaks in buildings and households and if we give people basic plumbing skills, we can save water while creating employment at the same time,” he says.

“People can easily get into employment after completing the course.

“While researching, we found that 29 000 plumbers were needed in Australia and the United Kingdom, so we saw that if we could give people this skill, they will be able to make a living.’

“[Former state president] Jacob Zuma introduced a programme, ‘War on Leaks’ a few years ago,” Joseph says, “and that inspired us in establishing this course”.

The pilot class ran for four months and concluded at the end of June this year.

“We are not taking more than 12 students [at once] because we want to give our students individual attention.”

Registrations are currently open and will run until enough students have registered to form a class.

The academy is offering six bursaries, which will cover two-thirds of the programme fees to prospective students and details will be made available soon. In an interview last year (“Academy trains 600th student”, 26/7/2017), Joseph told TygerBurger they cater specifically to the needs of those unable to afford Further Education and Training (FET) fees.

To this end, the academy was started in 2008 and is accredited with the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority.

The accreditation allows them to offer a relevant and industry-standard qualification to their students, he said at the time.

Once the three-month training at the academy has been completed, the students have to do a three-month internship. At the end, they become accredited artisans. Joseph says they are always open to welcoming more women to the academy.

No matric qualification is necessary to study at the academy, but to become an artisan in South Africa in general, all students must have completed at least Grade 9.

Contact 021 823 9454 or info@reachmakeit.co.za.

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