On behalf of the staff and students of the Ray Mhlaba Centre we would like to thank Bagshaw Footwear for your wonderful donation of Safety Shoes to our Hospitality Training Program Students. The safety shoes form part of the required chef’s uniform for the practical components of their NQF Level 4 Professional Cookery Study Program.
We were so overwhelmed and delighted to receive such a wonderful and valuable donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and has given our students such a boost in confidence, enabling them to look and feel professional in their uniform, this encouraging them to work hard and maintan focus on thier program to obtain their qualification which will assit them in their quest for a successful future.
The Eastern Province Child & Youth Care Centre is a Non-Profit Organisation which was established in 1889. This residential facility/home has been in successful operation for 125 years to house children between the ages of 3 to 18 years. All children are from multicultural backgrounds and have been placed into the care of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre by the children’s court. The EP Child & Youth Care Centre and The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre is built on the three pillars: LOVE, CARE & HOPE.
The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre is an extension program of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre and was named after the first Premier of the Eastern Cape Province, Mr Ray Mhlaba. We offer skills training to youth between the ages of 18-25, who come from children’s homes, have lost one or both parents, who live in households with no formal income and/or come from child-headed households. Upon completion of our training programs we endeavour to assist in obtaining employment for our students. Over the past nine years we have successfully trained 790 students of which 80% have gained meaningful employment either in the formal employment sector or as entrepreneurs.
The Eastern Province Child & Youth Care is a registered welfare organisation. In line with the transformation of child welfare, focus has moved from the permanent residence of children to short term care via strategically developed social intervention programs. This is to ensure optimal empowerment of the children. In 2006 the centre was launched to expand the role of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre in creating an independently run Skills Training Centre to focus on skills development and social intervention of underprivileged youth. We were honoured to have been granted permission to name the Centre after Mr Ray Mhlaba, we are now referred to in the community as the Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre.
We are not a government funded organisation therefore we rely solely on the support and generosity of private donors to continue operating as a successful Training Centre. To date we have raised a remarkable R8 million for the construction of the centre, training workshops, Coffee Shop and Conferencing Venue, along with the equipment, facilitation and accreditation to create and maintain our training programs.
We offer SETA Accredited Training Programs in Woodwork and Upholstery, Hospitality Studies, Hairdressing, Early Childhood Development Training and HIV Aids & Palliative Care Training. We also offer Entrepreneurial Training Programs in Needlework and Crafts and Bakery Training. As an accompaniment to all of our training programs we offer Life Skills programs and Computer programs.
Our purpose is to offer deprived, underprivileged, vulnerable and displaced youth in society the opportunity they deserve to further their education and allow them to be granted the same opportunities in life as others more fortunate; To offer them skills in a variety of employment sectors that will equip them for life and enable them to progress to accomplish a successful future.
Our Aim and Objectives
Our aim is to reduce poverty and unemployment by providing skills training programs to those outside the formal education system, enabling them gain a valuable qualification that will assist them in securing formal employment or becoming self-employed. We also offer assistance in obtaining viable solutions to assist students in addressing social challenges.
To assist in the Governments financial obligation to reduce poverty and unemployment.
To provide skills to youth outside of the formal education system and to grant them with equal opportunities when entering the employment sector.
To offer a social intervention program to students enabling them to produce saleable articles.
To provide services to the public to generate an income to assist with the funding of operating costs of the Centre.
To designate a display area for products completed by the students.
Youth residing in children’s homes who are unable to cope with mainstream education.
Orphans due to HIV Aids and other circumstances and Youth from child headed households.
Unemployed youth from disadvantaged communities
Physically handicapped youth from disadvantaged backgrounds
Once again thank you Bagshaw Footwear for your support and contribution to the Ray Mhlaba Centre. It is people like you who are helping to make a difference in the future of our youth.
If you require any further information or have any enquires please do not hesitate to contact me.
Warm Regards, Caroline