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Youth gain valuable experience through EPWP programme with CDI

Friday, 01 December 2017   (0 Comments)
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The CDI has been providing great opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience in various positions in its programmes through the Expanded Public Works Project with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. Some of these interns have gone on to find permanent work at other organisations thanks to this experience.

Nosiphiwo Booi (pictured) has been with us for about ten months as a Public Relations Intern responsible for updating our social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter. She studied at Kayamandi High School and then went on to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) to study Public Relations Management, and graduated this year with a National Diploma in Public Relations Management.

She says about working for the CDI: “What I enjoy about my work is that I get to learn about things that I didn’t know, and this makes me eager to learn more. The other thing I enjoy about my job is that I get to be so advanced with social networks, and people are now asking me how to engage with their audience on Facebook, how to boost their page to have more followers, and how to handle different accounts at the same time. The CDI is the best organisation that an intern could work for because the people are very welcoming and understanding, and when you are young like me, they are also very nurturing. For the future, I look forward to being either a consultant one day, a Communications Manager or working in marketing. I thank CDI for such incredible opportunity.”

We have also employed three interns to work as Sales Assistants at our CDI shop at the Watershed, Cape Town’s design hub located at the V&A Waterfront  ̶  Nokhanyo Ndukwana, Amanda Jack and Khanyisa Poswa.

We spoke to Nokhanyo, who attended school at Windermere High School, and after matriculating went on to further her education in computer studies.

She says about her experience: “This is my first time working within the craft and design sector. It’s very interesting learning about it, and about working with your hands to create beautiful things. In my job with CDI, you also need to be knowledgeable on the local products stocked and able to convince customers to buy the products. I have made some big sales during my time here – for example, I sold at artwork for R20 000 and this has been very encouraging for me.”

Cwayita Baliso joined the CDI in 2016 as an intern in our Finance Department. She turned out to be a valuable resource in the organisation which led to us appointing her on a full-time basis as a Junior Accounts Clerk. Thanks to this opportunity, Cwayita moved on in 2017 to another permanent job in September in another organisation.

Erica Elk, Executive Director of the CDI, says that the EPWP programme offers a win-win for those participating. “The EPWP is enabling the CDI to bring in young people who are enthusiastic to get involved in our sector, hardworking, and keen to learn more and grow. These beneficiaries in turn gain valuable work experience, and we are very proud of them as contributors helping us to achieve our mission in our sector.”

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