On Wednesday, 20 March 2019 the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Certificate Ceremony took place at Protea Campus. The event was held to celebrate and applaud the students for their participation and tenacity in the training; and to honour the partnership between Northlink College and Cape Town International Airport.

BRIEF BACKGROUND

In line with its Socio-Economic Development (SED) strategy, Cape Town International Airport partnered with Northlink College in 2018, to deliver artisanal and other skills development training to qualifying members of the Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp communities (near the airport).

The skills training is a build-up to the implementation of the airport’s runway realignment and Symphony Road housing development projects, through which the airport seeks to:

Provide access to employment opportunities within the housing development and other activities linked to the project
Equip community members with accredited training and skills so that they can take hold of work and, or entrepreneurial opportunities within the construction industry

This collaboration aims to empower the communities and will assist in combating the high unemployment rate that is prevalent within these communities.

The 45 graduates were selected through an intensive community engagement process and successfully completed training in a three-month Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) Programme at Belhar Campus December 2018:
Bricklaying (4 students)
Carpentry (8 students)
Painting (8 students)
Plumbing (26 students)

Photograph: Bruce Sutherland – City of Cape Town

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