04/1/19 9:00 AM

The Bridge project has recently introduced a carpentry learnership for the out of school youth that comes from less privileged communities in and around Durban. The learnership program that is aimed at empowering and promoting independence in youth commenced on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 and it’s expected to last for the period of eight months.

The Bridge Economic and Strengthening Champion, Thembelihle Zuma said the project has partnered with Ngaphakathi Professionals and the Mkhumbane Clinic in Mayville. She said they hope that beneficiaries will participate in this program with commitment, dedication and determination.

“Our aim is to empower young people who come from under privileged communities and family backgrounds. We want to keep young people busy and encourage them to be independent and self-developed”, explained Zuma. She added that the learnership beneficiaries receive a monthly stipend to assist them with their basic needs. “We hope this program will make a positive impact in the lives of our beneficiaries. We also encourage them to make use of this opportunity and learn as much as they can”, said Zuma.

One of the learnership beneficiaries, Bongane Zondi said he is excited and grateful for the opportunity that has been granted to him. “I am happy to be part of this wonderful program. I was unemployed and hopeless but this learnership changed my life. I am excited that I will be acquiring skills, knowledge and experience in carpentry, and I will be awarded a certificate at the end of the program. This will assist in improving my CV, references and work experience”, said enthusiastic Zondi.

carpenter taking measurement of a wooden plank