Training has now been running for 18 months in our hospitality unit. In this time more than 80 students have completed a course in food preparation and new groups of 20 students join us every 6 months.
Now we are starting to teach computing skills and entrepreneurship at the units.
Young people need to get into the workplace quickly to maintain self esteem and to ensure their futures. Most students at the Nicolas School are expected to follow the academic path, but this is not suitable for everyone. In our continuing commitment to give EVERY student the best possible start in life, we have built 4 training rooms, kindly sponsored by a visionary donor, to train young people for work. This is looking after our less academic students as well as those with special needs. We are training in the basic skills to start a small business as well as arithmetic and English. We are working with local employers as partners to train in relevant and employable skills. Most importantly we are educating young people in behaviour and community spirit to make them exemplary employees. Civics is a compulsory subject in schools up to grade 12 and we will ensure that our students understand their roles as citizens as well as employees.
We have now run 2 cycles of 16 week long courses in food reparation and one cycle of serving at table, in the training workshops on the Secondary School site. Once the concept is proven we will work to secure funding to the next phase; a full scale technical training centre on the 40 hectare land we have reserved for the technical and vocational training college.
As this project progresses we will keep you informed. We are already very encouraged by the positive response we have received from the local community.