Bergzicht Training has a longstanding history of success. Founded in the early 1990s and having received support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation since then, the centre situated in the heart of Stellenbosch does very practical, meaningful work. Young people from local disadvantaged communities complete training courses that significantly increase their chances of finding jobs or of successful entrepreneurship. A focus lies on sectors with a demand for skilled workers in the area, such as the hospitality industry, childcare and frail care. The holistic programs include IT courses, psycho social support offerings and work readiness training, and success rates are very high - many thousands of people could improve their lives through Bergzicht Training.
During the ceremony at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, awards were given to local organizations in “acknowledgement of excellence, service and innovation showcased in their mission to improve the lives of South Africans”. CEO Renske Minnaar, who received the award on behalf of the organisation together with Training Manager Adrian Bezuidenhuit, expressed gratitude and the hope that the award may inspire the Training Centre to reach out to new heights. Read more about the awards and the ceremony in a short article on the website of Bergzicht Training:
A short new video about Bergzicht Training has just been produced and published with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. It introduces the concept behind the programmes, touches on the history of the Training Centre, and gives voice to some of the recent students. It also shows how Bergzicht offers training to students from disadvantaged communities where people of colour would otherwise often not be able to receive meaningful further education. The video will be very useful in future work, and it provides a great opportunity to get to know the award winning project. Watch the video here: