Thabiso – Carpentry Skills Development Course



Diocese of Kroonstad

The Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad was estabilished on the 11 January 1951 under the auspices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference. It is a rural diocese. Its membership is approximately 72 000. It covers an area of 30 Mining and farming were the main source of income but now, with the closure of many mines and farms, poverty and unemployment is high.

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—The Thabiso Skills Development was started in 2007 and was named after the late Bishop Brenninkmeijer, who was fondly known as Thabiso which means “Joyful”. The centre was started to assist the community and its people. So many school leavers do not know what to do with their future and come from poor communities where they lack role models that do skilled jobs. —South Africa is also in need of skilled workers especially in a number of key trades. —Thabiso provides its learners with a basic skill at a very low cost. If we can sponsor candidates through funds we raise we are able to help more people.

More and more school-leavers in South Africa are not able to find work because they do not have any skills. Thabiso Joyful Carpentry Skills Development gives a young person the necessary skill set to work with wood, access a job in the construction industry, and earn a living. Having learnt the basic principles of carpentry the world of work opens up to them, and they can build a sustainable future. Without skills, there is no hope for them.

Project Description in detail

The Carpentry course begins with a 2-week module on Life Skills, which equips the students with skills and knowledge about managing themselves successfully in the work place. The Carpentry Skills Programme is offered four times a year with 10 to 14 students in each rotation. After the Life Skills module, they move on to instruction in the basics of carpentry, learning about the various types of wood, the correct use of carpentry and woodwork equipment, and how to use power tools correctly. Students are also taught about safety in the work place.

Why do we need your backing/investment/support?

Give a young person the means to get a job and build their self-respect! Without a job, there is nothing to get up for. With no skills to get onto the job market, they are helpless and hopeless. Help us skill them and build their hope! Thabiso – Carpentry Skills Development Course delivers trained students to the job market and they get work because they have skills to offer. If we can get students fully subsidised through bursaries, we can improve the sustainability of the training facility.

We need R42 000 to cover the bursaries for 14 students per quarter.

Donate a bursary for the Carpentry Skills course                      R3 000

If We raise more than Our target amount, this is how we will use the money

Thabiso skills development centre runs a number of programmes across various disciplines. If we raise more than we need for this programme we will re-direct the funds to students in our other courses so that the focus remains on social upliftment through practical adult education.

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