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08.08.2018

Pilot Unemployed Learnership At Coega Dairy

From Left: Khuselwa Tebeka; Zimkhitha Kilani; Sbongile Ntoyanto; Vuyiswa Zathu; Mangaliso Tayi; Naledi Mpailane; Madoda Sibene; Thembekile Soqaka; Mzingabantu Mantakana

From Left: Khuselwa Tebeka; Zimkhitha Kilani; Sbongile Ntoyanto; Vuyiswa Zathu; Mangaliso Tayi; Naledi Mpailane; Madoda Sibene; Thembekile Soqaka; Mzingabantu Mantakana

Coega Dairy is one of the top dairy companies in South Africa and it has a focused approach on training and development. The plan includes internships, learnerships and skilled training. One of the development projects the company identified was to support local programs for unemployed people.

The company supports the development of its employees and unemployed youth in the areas where it operates. The focus is to boost youth career development and socio-economic development.

In March 2018, Coega Dairy, assisted by the FoodBev SETA, piloted its first unemployed learnership programme by giving training opportunities to nine unemployed youth from the local area.

The nine learners are currently doing a formal accredited National Certificate in Milk and Cream Handling and Storing. They attend formal classes and they do their practical experience within the Coega Dairy factory under supervision of experienced mentors. The training will be completed in a year.

The success of this pilot programme would mean an extension of this programme to even more unemployed youth in the Eastern Cape. They will receive specialised skills, experience and a qualification which would render them employable.

On-going development programmes remain a focus area to all employees for their career and personal advancement.