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THE iTHEMBA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Poverty, HIV & Aids, female-headed households and inequality are a reality in our community.  With limited access to skills development, economic opportunities and personal growth, future prospects for the young women in Knysna are bleak.

Kofi Annan stated “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women”.

The iThemba Skills Centre seeks to empower young men and women in our community with courses that have been designed for the upliftment and economic development of the youth from vulnerable and previously disadvantaged communities.  Practical life skills, backed up by strong Christian values, are imparted on our students equipping them with the essential tools to enter the workplace or start their own business.

The program objectives are to:

  • Empower young people with relevant business management knowledge to support their skills
  • Develop employable skills and facilitate them for home based income generating activities
  • Eradicate poverty through enterprise and skills development
  • Prepare them for a social change in the community through moral education and development of social & Christian values

All products made at the iThemba Skills Development Centre are sold as part of the income generating strategy.  Products are sold at retail outlets such as Knysna Tourism as part of their local Craft Collective range and at various festivals held annually in Knysna such as the Knysna Oyster Festival and the Leisure Isle Festival. Each student receives a portion of the funds whilst the rest of the funds are invested back into the program for materials and equipment.

BASIC SEWING

LEARN TO SEW BEAUTIFUL TOYS, CLOTHES, TABLE CLOTHES AND OTHER FABRIC PRODUCTS

This is the perfect opportunity to make your own clothes or generate an income from the comfort of your own home

During their course, students are encouraged to save towards buying their Singer sewing machine to kick-start their business.

COURSE DATES

April 2016 to March 2017

COURSE DURATION

1 year (2 days per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade 10 and creativity

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 once-off admin fee
R150 per month (includes materials and refreshments)

COMPUTER LITERACY

LEARN BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

You will learn basic computer skills like how to use the internet and email as well as how to write your CV in Word & create an expense spreadsheet in Excel.

COURSE DATES

July 2016 to November 2016

COURSE DURATION

10 weeks (1 day per week)

REQUIREMENTS

No computer skills required

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 once-off admin fee
R70 per month (including refreshments)

MIX ACADEMY DJ SCHOOL

DO YOU WANT A CAREER IN THE MUSIC OR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?

Our course will teach you the different aspects of being a DJ, Master of Ceremonies (MC), music production, engineering and social media / website basics

COURSE DATES

January 2016 to April 2016

COURSE DURATION

2 months (1 day per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Passion for music and public speaking

SUITABLE FOR AGES

Suitable for all ages

COST

Basic course:             R2000 (Once off)
Advanced course:    R2000 (Once off)

ARTS & CRAFTS

LEARN HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS AND EARN AN INCOME

You will learn skills such as crocheting, working with T-yarn, card-making and basic sewing. You will also learn how to read crochet & knitting patterns

COURSE DATES

June 2016 to November 2016

COURSE DURATION

5 months (2 days per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade 10 and creativity

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 once-off admin fee
R150 per month (includes materials & refreshments)

PICTURE FRAMING

LEARN HOW TO MAKE PICTURE FRAMES FOR FAMILY PHOTOS AND ARWORK

Bring out the true beauty in a painting by learning how to create various frames and mounting techniques. With these skills you will be able to open your own picture framing studio to earn income

COURSE DATES

Jan 2016 to April 2016

COURSE DURATION

3 months (1 day per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade 10 and basic mathematics

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 per month (includes all materials)

THE iTHEMBA TEAM

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ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Poverty, HIV & Aids, female-headed households and inequality are a reality in our community.  With limited access to skills development, economic opportunities and personal growth, future prospects for the young women in Knysna are bleak.

Kofi Annan stated “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women”.

The iThemba Skills Centre seeks to empower young men and women in our community with courses that have been designed for the upliftment and economic development of the youth from vulnerable and previously disadvantaged communities.  Practical life skills, backed up by strong Christian values, are imparted on our students equipping them with the essential tools to enter the workplace or start their own business.

The program objectives are to:

  • Empower young people with relevant business management knowledge to support their skills
  • Develop employable skills and facilitate them for home based income generating activities
  • Eradicate poverty through enterprise and skills development
  • Prepare them for a social change in the community through moral education and development of social & Christian values

All products made at the iThemba Skills Development Centre are sold as part of the income generating strategy.  Products are sold at retail outlets such as Knysna Tourism as part of their local Craft Collective range and at various festivals held annually in Knysna such as the Knysna Oyster Festival and the Leisure Isle Festival. Each student receives a portion of the funds whilst the rest of the funds are invested back into the program for materials and equipment.

+ BASIC SEWING

BASIC SEWING

LEARN TO SEW BEAUTIFUL TOYS, CLOTHES, TABLE CLOTHES AND OTHER FABRIC PRODUCTS

This is the perfect opportunity to make your own clothes or generate an income from the comfort of your own home

During their course, students are encouraged to save towards buying their Singer sewing machine to kick-start their business.

COURSE DATES

April 2016 to March 2017

COURSE DURATION

1 year (2 days per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade 10 and creativity

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 once-off admin fee
R150 per month (includes materials and refreshments)

+ COMPUTER LITERACY

COMPUTER LITERACY

LEARN BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

You will learn basic computer skills like how to use the internet and email as well as how to write your CV in Word & create an expense spreadsheet in Excel.

COURSE DATES

July 2016 to November 2016

COURSE DURATION

10 weeks (1 day per week)

REQUIREMENTS

No computer skills required

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 once-off admin fee
R70 per month (including refreshments)

+ MIX ACADEMY DJ SCHOOL

MIX ACADEMY DJ SCHOOL

DO YOU WANT A CAREER IN THE MUSIC OR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?

Our course will teach you the different aspects of being a DJ, Master of Ceremonies (MC), music production, engineering and social media / website basics

COURSE DATES

January 2016 to April 2016

COURSE DURATION

2 months (1 day per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Passion for music and public speaking

SUITABLE FOR AGES

Suitable for all ages

COST

Basic course:             R2000 (Once off)
Advanced course:    R2000 (Once off)

+ ARTS & CRAFTS

ARTS & CRAFTS

LEARN HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS AND EARN AN INCOME

You will learn skills such as crocheting, working with T-yarn, card-making and basic sewing. You will also learn how to read crochet & knitting patterns

COURSE DATES

June 2016 to November 2016

COURSE DURATION

5 months (2 days per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade 10 and creativity

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 once-off admin fee
R150 per month (includes materials & refreshments)

+ PICTURE FRAMING

PICTURE FRAMING

LEARN HOW TO MAKE PICTURE FRAMES FOR FAMILY PHOTOS AND ARWORK

Bring out the true beauty in a painting by learning how to create various frames and mounting techniques. With these skills you will be able to open your own picture framing studio to earn income

COURSE DATES

Jan 2016 to April 2016

COURSE DURATION

3 months (1 day per week)

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade 10 and basic mathematics

SUITABLE FOR AGES

18 to 28 years

COST

R50 per month (includes all materials)

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THE iTHEMBA TEAM

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