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Coega welding programme to benefit unemployed youth

Coega has announced that its Skills Development Centre (SDC) is accelerating skills training and coaching of young learners to help address the high rate of unemployment in the Eastern Cape and beyond.

The Coega SDC is situated in the Coega Special Economic Zone (Coega SEZ) facility that is adjacent to the Motherwell community.

The organisation strives to create sustainable job opportunities and training and development for local communities, with a focus on the youth, women, and persons with disabilities. During the financial year 2021/22, the organisation reported 9,540 additional construction jobs, 9, 659 operational jobs in the SEZ, and trained over 3, 296 people, making a real impact on the lives of young people and communities.

According to David Lambaatjeen, Coega’s training manager, “the skills programme, shielded metal arc welding at NQF Level 3 offers learners an opportunity to be awarded 40 credits. The successful learners receive a Statement of Results (SOR) from the QCTO, and learner achievement is uploaded on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), and this type of welder produces a variety of flat fillet welds with carbon steel and stainless steel materials.”

Empowering the youth

One Coega SDC learner, Kwayiyo Mavuso (33), from Motherwell highlights: “With this training programme, there is a significant amount of work one can do even in their neighbourhoods, and Coega SDC has really helped me obtain a skill that will open doors and make me employable.”

Another learner, Lusanda Marwalana (24) from Kamvelihle points out some of the benefits of the programme: “This training programme provides opportunities as there are many organisations who are looking for trained welders. I have gained extensive experience in such a short period of time because of the training, and now I am ready for any opportunity that may come my way.”

Meanwhile, Mzoleni Kosana (34) from Motherwell shared how the programme will help him: “The programme has empowered me to start my own business and become a better person because of the skills I have obtained from the Coega SDC.”

This milestone follows a recently announced Coega’s accreditation by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO), as an Assessment and Trade Test Centre for new two trades Joiner and Painter.

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