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WATCH: Impact driven training with clear exit strategy

The National Skills Fund (NSF) continues to fulfil its mission of funding for national skills development towards a capable workforce for an inclusive growth path.

But after the training, many learners might just sit home with their certificates as opportunities do not arise.

But the tables are turning for the young men and women who are part of a 12-month Liston Agri Solutions: NQF Level 3 Plant Production training.

These learners are equipped with all they need to become successful agricultural professionals or future farmers.

The programme serves the purpose of agricultural skills transfer to youth, women and people living with disabilities.

Project Manager at the National Skills Fund Ramakwale Boshielo, said while doing monitoring and evaluation of the at Zvezda that much energy is already being directed towards the exit strategy at the end of the learnership.

“We fund training for individuals for the purpose of skilling, reskilling and upskilling them.

“Our intention is that nobody should stay unqualified or unskilled for without skills there’s no way in which one will be able to sustain their own lives…we are fully committed in doing this,” said Boshielo.

Boshielo said they monitor the training from the beginning to the end.

“But most importantly we focus on what are we going to do with the learners when they exit training…the mentoring and the coaching becomes very critical at that level,” he said.

Boshielo said they have advised all the learners to set-up and register cooperatives.

“By the time they exit they must be able to provide all the provisions of the vegetables around Brits.  At that level they’ll be able to tender for all the supply, at the market and the shops.

“This training is not only for them to feed themselves but there’s a business ethic and strategy within it and that strategy must be maintained.

Boshielo says they will assist in making sure the training becomes a success and hopes that some of them will become farmers and industry leaders in future.

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