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CDI launches Work-Experience Programme with the City of Cape Town

Thursday, 30 May 2019  
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Over 30 businesses attended the CDI's HR Building Blocks for Capacity Development workshop on 6 – 7 May 2019 in preparation for applying to the work-experience project.

 

The CDI is piloting a youth work-experience programme which is placing work-trainees in craft and design SMMEs who need additional capacity.   

The initial pilot project will support a six-month work training opportunity for unemployed matriculants and graduates in SMMEs. The project will support work readiness, on-the job and skills development training for the work-candidates; as well as support business owners to develop the systems and HR capacity to manage staff. The project is supported by the City of Cape Town’s Expanded Public Works Programme. 

According to the CDI’s project manager,
Leone Hermans-Blackburn, this programme presents an incredible opportunity for craft and design businesses to develop their HR capabilities and grow their capacity at all levels of their business.


“The CDI understands that small business owners can often be overwhelmed with things to do and in need of additional capacity to support a growing business – and yet it is a daunting step to take to employ staff,” says Erica Elk, Executive Director of the CDI, who designed the programme.

“And on the other hand, we have a crisis of unemployment and we really need to be absorbing young people into workplaces to give them experience and opportunities. This project presents an ideal solution for both parties,” she says.

The project, which has been in the design and development stage for a few months, was kicked-off with a free two-day HR Building Blocks for Capacity Development workshop on 6 – 7 May 2019 in Cape Town to which CDI business members in the region were invited. Over 30 SMMEs attended the workshop, and the feedback was very positive.

“The free workshop was highly beneficial to the business owners and was designed to enable better HR processes and practices with existing staff, as well as ensure the business owners are well prepared for when they are in a position to expand their staff complement,” adds Leone.

The training concluded with a detailed roadmap for each SMME to use when building capacity. The development and info
rmation input into the roadmap also formed the basis of their applications to the CDI’s Work-Experience Programme.


Here’s what some of the participants had to say about the workshop:

“It was very informative and addressed all my fears about introducing extra hands into the business.”


“Now I know when to hire staff and why.”


“The workshop was very enlightening. I appreciated that it provided a breakdown of how to do everything step by step.”


“I gained a clear understanding of compliance requirements and the commitment required.”


A light due-diligence has been undertaken since the workshop to assess the business readiness of all SMMEs that applied for the project. The work trainees, as recruited by the selected participating SMMEs, will then sign a trainee agreement with the SMME for the six-month placement period. 

For more information, contact:
Leone Hermans-Blackburn, PhD
CDI Project Manager
epwp@thecdi.org.za


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