Plumbing Africa recently visited Harscan Distributors, who were conducting training for learner plumbers.
The project is managed by Bantsho Management & Training and this training consisted of four sessions of twenty learners.
Chatting with Lingeraj Sigamoney, the Head of Operations with Bantsho, he told us more about the project.
There are three basic elements of the projects, namely:
- Tackle youth unemployment
- Contribute to solving water leaks
- Help communities
To achieve this, supported by the Rand Water Foundation, 240 youngsters (120 from Merafong and 120 from Emfuleni municipalities) were interviewed and selected for the training.
This training is Phase 3, which will end in June.
The youngsters come from the poorest areas in the municipalities and they are provided with a stipend so they can serve the people in their communities. The supporting video (use link – Ed) speaks for itself as to the high satisfaction level of the residents. The youngsters are guided by mentors as they proceed through the areas. The mentors are qualified plumbers themselves. So, these youngsters work in the area they live, providing an essential service which can neither be supported by the locals nor the municipality due to lack of budget. This service has, to date, fixed over 8000 leaks – a fine achievement.
In one area, up to 50% of water saving has been encountered with good reports in the remaining areas. Worthy of note is that over 60% of the youngsters are women.
The training is no quick-fix training but strictly according to the official training requirements. So far, they have achieved one third of the credits required to obtain the Red Seal accreditation.
The national Youth Development Agency has committed financial assistance once these learners are qualified in terms of funding to set themselves up properly.
On the plumbing side, Harscan has fully supported the training, as has Ariston and MacNeil. Builders Warehouse is fully behind this programme as well.