May 2014 saw the introduction of A Customer Care and Cashier course, a retail customer care programme including point of sale system training, focused on equipping learners for a career in the retail industry.
A group of 16 students from DuNoon was trained during this course in an initiative with Learn to Earn and the City of Cape Town.
Of these students, 9 have qualified for the Jumpstart Work Experience, which is 5 Â½ to 6 day experiential trainingÂ at a Mr Price Group store where they will gain valuable experience and stand the chance of being considered for employment â€“ dependent of performance and availability of casual positions in the stores. To qualify for the Jumpstart programme, students need to be between the ages of 18 and 30 and have a Grade 12 certificate. They are also required to pass an assessment measuring business maths calculations, bar code recognition (attention to detail) and customer service. English communication skills are assessed during a one-on-one interview with a Jumpstart coordinator.
Opportunities for job shadows (and hopefully placements) are being sought for the other graduates as well.
The jam-packed 4 weeks of training was received extremely well by the students, who had this to say
Sinazo Salakutyelwa: â€œIâ€™ve learnt how to improve my self-esteem, stay positive, follow my instincts and aim higher. Iâ€™ve also learned that I need to be trustworthy if I want to make progress.â€
Refeloe Lehana : It was good to discover how to manage conflict. A skill I need to use at home â€“ and also with my fellow students.
Nokutola Nomana : Iâ€™ve gained experience and am more interested in furthering my education.
Princess Kula : Iâ€™ve grown in my relationships. Iâ€™m now able to stand in front of people and represent an idea. I can also work with people and enjoy working in a group.
Avuyonke Sotyhantya : I have a higher self-esteem as I was shy and did not trust myself. I can aim higher now and know that I need to be trustworthy, honest and work hard to fulfill my dreams and goals.
Olwethu Makeleni : Iâ€™m proud of what Iâ€™ve achieved. Being at FCD has refreshed me, making me wise and ready to learn something new every day.
Fikiswa Sikota : The training has taught me how to cope in this world. Iâ€™ve learnt that I need to take good care of myself and be aware of the world around me. I enjoyed the relaxed environment, where we could crack jokes and have fun. FCD taught me how I can achieve my goals, manage money and put God first.