North West volunteer builders to receive training

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pretoria - The 80 female volunteers who helped build 54 houses in the North West province as part of Women's Month, are to receive training that will equip them to start their own construction companies.

The North West Department of Human Settlements said it plans on hosting a training programme for the women who participated in the Women's Build Programme, which saw them help build houses for vulnerable families in Coligny, North West.

The women will be trained in financial literacy by FNB and will also get a week's training in Life Orientation by the National Youth Development Agency.

The women will also receive three months training from the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) during which time they will be taught technical skills and undergo practical training.

"On completion of the training, volunteers will be issued with NHBRC accreditation certificates which will then give them opportunities to create jobs for themselves or establish their own construction companies," the department said.

The training programme is an initiative of Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and North West Human Settlements MEC Desbo Mohono.