Furniture manufacturers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) can develop their in-house design capacity while offering newcomers an opportunity to learn about manufacturing, productivity, workflow, and design and the “soft” skills to navigate the world of work.
The eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC) invites furniture manufacturers in KZN to get involved in its Unemployed Youth Skills Development Programme for people between 28 and 34 years old.
“We are carefully selecting high-potential unemployed young people with a passion for creativity to apply,” explains Paige Sherriff, EFC project manager.
The sector-specific course will introduce qualifying unemployed youth to design and leadership skills to embark on a rewarding career in South Africa’s dynamic furniture industry. The duration of the full-time skills programme is 12-months.
The learners will have an opportunity to learn the design process in collaboration with Innovate Durban and the African Institute of Interior Design Professions.
Participating companies can customise their involvement in the programme. For example, they can offer work experience opportunities or participate in networking events. The company will also have the first option to identify and employ these individuals at no cost to their companies.
“We are here to help business owners invest in their long-term growth through design. The programme will provide a dynamic talent pipeline for mid to senior management teams struggling to focus on strategic and proactive growth because they are handling day-to-day operational and production challenges.”
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