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Bergzicht Training & Support Centre

Bergzicht Opleidingsentrum
Posbus 985
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
South Africa
Tel.: +27 21887008
Website: www.bergzichttraining.com

Bergzicht Training Centre

Bergzicht Training was launched in March 1992 in Stellenbosch. Its conception was a response to the pressing need for the training of unskilled and unemployed (mostly female) people in Stellenbosch and surrounds. A survey showed a definite need for trained workers in the industries of home-based care, hospitality and catering, educare and domestic work. It was decided to focus on the training of unemployed people in these skills and to assist qualified learners to secure employment. This strategy reflected the belief that training without employment is meaningless and that any training initiative should be provided within a holistic framework.

Over the past 19 years more than 10,000 learners have received training at Bergzicht, of which at least 94% were placed into employment. Annually, Bergzicht is approached by approximately 1500 people for training. However, only 380 learners can be accommodated at the Stellenbosch training centre per year.

To summarise, Bergzicht's training programmes:

  • Raise the self esteem, personal growth and income of domestic workers, educarers, home-based care workers and workers in the hospitality and accommodation industry;
  • Create new learning and career paths and progression opportunities for these workers, either as employees or through starting their own businesses;
  • Achieve recognition for the contribution of domestic and related services to the economy;
  • Improve domestic, childcare, frailcare and accommodation services within homes and communities; and
  • Increase employment opportunities for the unemployed and unskilled.