Educo Africa First Quarter Newsletter 2017

Dear Educo Africa Supporter,

We are delighted to present to you our first newsletter for 2017. We trust and believe that your year started off with a great bang! Educo Africa experienced a number of big changes in the first quarter.

Firstly, we bid farewell to Milly Churchill, a legend within Educo who served the organisation for 19 years. We also said goodbye to Duncan Souchon, a wondrous, adventurous, man of integrity and who gave 10 years of service to Educo.
Educo Africa wishes these incredible human beings love, prosperity and all of the best with their new adventures. Lastly, we would like to congratulate Niki Alexander in her new role as Operations Manager. We are so proud of you!

Educo Africa has also taken on a new project in partnership with Department of Higher Education and Training and the National Skills Fund (NSF). The NSF Graduate and Student Placement Programme will place 170 young people in different work opportunities over the next two years. Educo would like to welcome Mark Johnston, who has joined us as Project Manager for the programme. Read more on page 2.

In the first quarter of 2017 we also successfully ran the TSiBA season, doing courses with both their Cape Town and Eden campuses. We ran a one day team building process for Aspire Youth. Our contract with the Department of Social Development ended in March, bringing to an end our involvement with both the Social Enterprise Programme and Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP). However, our EPWP contract has been extended for another year. This is great news for us, since about 80 percent of the young people that have gone through this programme with us have gone on to get permanent employment with other organisations.

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NSF Graduate and Student Placement Programme
mark2017 marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Educo Africa with the launch of our Graduate and Student Placement Programme. Over the next two years we will place 170 promising young South Africans into paid internships here in the Western Cape, and in doing so boost much-needed skills development in the province.

The programme is a partnership between ourselves and the National Skills Fund (NSF), which falls under the Department of Higher Education and Training. In addition to paying interns’ monthly stipends, funding is available to cover work-readiness training and support materials (for example tools and uniforms), as well as workplace insurance and professional accreditation fees.

Our focus is on learners who need work experience in order to complete their diplomas or degrees (for example N6-level students at vocational colleges, and university of technology students). We will also be supporting graduates who have struggled to find a job because they don’t have the relevant skills on their CVs.

Internships range from 12 – 24 months, depending on the qualification of the learner/ graduate, and the work experience required. It is obviously our hope that after this time host employers will offer their interns full-time employment. But even if they don’t, each young person who has participated in the programme will have gained valuable skills to add to their CV.

In addition to promoting skills development, host employers can obtain points on their BEE scorecards, as well as gaining access to skilled young workers who can be groomed to become future employees at no cost to the company.

If your organisation would like to host an intern – or you know of any companies that may be interested – please visit the Educo Africa website for more details about the programme.

www.educo.org.za or contact Mark Johnston at 021 761 8939 or markj@educo.org.za

Young People Living their Potential – EPWP participant

20161115_132837My Name is Kaylyn Sables and I’m from Bay View. I am a person that loves to
learn new things, to explore and be in nature. I am also a
friendly person that will give people advice where I can or assist in
programmes.

My experience in the EPWP Programme was absolutely helpful. I
had no clue what was happening until I learned how to do office work,
filing and how to prepare for courses. There was so many things in this programme that changed my attitude. I see my life in different lenses now! Being part of this programme I have gained confidence in what I have to do and most importantly prepare for my future.

What have I been up to in the EPWP Programme?
I have been admin support for Niki Alexander for the EPWP Programme and assisting in various other programmatic admin. In this role, my administrative skills have increased. I have also developed personally. Each day I discover something new about myself.
My contract ended in the last quarter, however, with the work that I have put in Educo Africa acknowledged what I have done and renewed my contract.

What is my dream/ vision?
The vision for myself is to look at life differently and take all the help I get from
each and everyone and put it into action. To make a success of my
life and looking for more opportunities for the future.