Boosting skills in a challenging job market

Categories: ALL THE NEWS , Employment | Author: News Desk | Posted: 2019/01/29 | Views: 1356
According to Statistics South Africa, 39% of young people aged 15 to 34 are unemployed

“The lives of 255 families have been positively impacted by these trainings and subsequent initiatives during 2018,” says Jane Gelderman, Centre Director at FCD. Their job readiness training provides skills for entering the job market and which can serve as a foundation for future skills training.

[Caption] For those who attend job readiness training at Fisantekraal Centre for Development (FCD) in Durbanville, the chances are higher at breaking into this challenging job market. Many have already received employment. [High res image available on request]

 It teaches basic computer skills and provides practical interview preparation. It also includes life skills, such as communication, relationships building, and work ethics, as well as customer service skills such as working with difficult customers and basic maths for the cashier. Yanga Filtane, one of the learners at FCD, says: “I learnt new things like computer skills, life skills and communication skills. This is helping me to apply my skills and my experience so that I can send my CV with good confidence. Thanks FCD for opening my mind.”

Filtane is one of eight women in Durbanville (aged 20 to 45 years old) who attended a three-week job readiness course in November, with financial assistance from the Rotary Clubs of Tygerberg and Claremont. One has already received work at Pick ‘n Pay, while two more are registered for further frail care training. FCD and Rotary look forward to more success stories in the new year.

Find out more about the Fisantekraal Centre for Development at For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit For more information about the Rotary Club of Tygerberg, please visit