Youth learn skills to make them employable

Learning how to lay flooring, from left, are Keanan Philander, Yusuf Engelbrecht, and Ralton Harker.

Jasmane Frans, previously from Manenberg, who taught abroad in England and Malaysia, has started a group that is teaching young people skills they can use to find work.

In February, she returned to South Africa and started the group, Agents of Change, which is in the process of registering as a non-profit organisation.

Agents of Change teaches young people brick-laying, how to lay floors, painting, graphic design, rubble removal, gardening and other skills. The classes are all free.

So far there are eight participants, aged 18 to 30, from Manenberg and Mitchell’s Plain, doing the training at Ms Frans’s Ottery home. They also learn leadership skills to build up their confidence for future job interviews for jobs.

Ms Frans says she is proud to be a product of Manenberg and understands the issues young people face.

“In my experience, I learned that we are all able to achieve if we are humble, teachable and willing to empower others. This is what I am teaching this group of young people. We started the group called Agents of Change because we want to bring about change in communities. It is important that we empower the future generation.

“With this project we really want to make a change because there is so much hopelessness amongst the youth. And if young people apply for jobs they need skills. Later, we also want them to train other young people.”

Graphic designer Dylan Frans, who is one of the teachers at Agents for Change, says: “Young people need such projects. I will also be training other young people in graphic designing.”

Ralton Harker, 19, from Manenberg, joined Agents of Change in January. He learnt to do gardening and pool cleaning.

“Because of lockdown we haven’t really been able to work. I didn’t finish school, so finding a job was difficult. Now I can provide for my family and put food on the table when we have work. It is really important to have these groups in our communities because people are struggling to find work because they have no skills, especially in Manenberg and Mitchell’s Plain.”

For more information on the classes or to employ the youth, call Jasmane Frans at 071 394 8143.