Learnerships are key to addressing scarce and critical skills within the sector and industry. The 12-month Business Administration level two learnership is a national certificate through the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and consists of three months theory and nine months of practical training. EnviroServ covers the costs of each learners’ tuition of R45 000. Theoretical training has commenced and will be followed by practical training on-site.
One of the learners, Ziyanda Dinile from Cape Town said she was thankful to Enviroserv for giving her a chance to do something with her future. “This learnership has planted a seed inside me. I’m now seeing myself as a businesswoman.”
CHRIS DLAMINI:‘DRESS A LEARNER PROGRAMME’
Children in developing countries face many barriers to accessing basic education. According to the World Bank, school fees are among the major obstacles to universal primary education in developing countries.
While South Africa has taken strides towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by eliminating school fees, other significant costs remain, including the cost of providing a school uniform for a child.
For the past five years, the EnviroServ Group has been part of the Chris Dlamini ‘Dress a Learner Programme’, a collaborative effort between community leaders, the Department of Basic Education and EnviroServ Waste Management that encourages schooling among primary and high school learners.
This year, learners from 15 schools on Johannesburg’s East Rand were supplied with full school uniforms, thus encouraging them to attend school.
EnviroServ’s investment of more than R60 000 saw 10 primary schools and five secondary schools in Delmas, Eloff, Etwatwa, Sundra and Welgedacht benefitting by receiving full school uniforms.
Since the government introduced feeding schemes in most of the previously disadvantaged schools, absenteeism has been attributed to a lack of school uniforms, and this is what this programme seeks to address. EnviroServ realises that a good education opens doors; an opportunity the company wants all the learners to have. Plans are in the pipeline to extend this programme nationally.