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Vulnerable children and youth at risk in South Africa face a wide variety of problems, the biggest of which are access to education, employment and basic social skills. Our programmes are designed to address these problems head on so that vulnerable youth can find meaningful work, take care of themselves and reintegrate as productive members of the community.

Our programmes range from basic training for youths with little or no education to more advanced job-specific skills programmes. All our programmes seek to restore dignity and self-esteem and provide the life skills needed to succeed.

Learn To Live School of Skills: Filling the gaps

Many of the children and youth we serve have dropped out from school or never attended in the first place. The Learn-to-Live programme gets them up to speed in basic literacy, numeracy and other areas to prepare the youth for further vocational training that will assist them to find employment after leaving school. Our academic programmes are certified by the Western Cape Education Department and feature classes in:

  • Home Language (Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa)
  • First Additional Language (Afrikaans, English)
  • Mathematics

Life Skills:

  • Creative Arts
  • Natural Science
  • Personal and Social Well-being
  • Computer Literacy

For vocational training, we offer classes led by master craftspeople and mentors in these areas:

  • Woodcraft and Timber
  • Electrical
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality Studies

Our Learn-to-Live graduates either go on to other schools, find jobs or start their own small businesses or join one of our other Programs

YES Project: Youth Employment Skills – Vocational Training

These courses are aimed at giving young people the social and job skills they need to support themselves in today’s South Africa. Each class starts with intensive group training in life skills, where they learn about personal development, the work environment and the social challenges facing the young people of today.

Students then select from a range of practical skills courses:

  • Computer Literacy & Office Management (8-12 weeks)
  • Computer Maintenance and Mobile Application Development (8-12 weeks)
  • Bricklaying & Plastering  (12-15 weeks)
  • Food Preparation  (12-15 weeks)
  • Sewing (12-15 weeks)

Each course stresses hands-on learning, an ideal way to learn for many of these under-schooled youths. On graduation, students receive a certificate and ongoing help with job placement.

For more information please email: Sive.Ngqwala@salesianyouth.org.za

Youth Employment Skills Application

The Department of Social Development (DSD) in the Western Cape, Acknowledged the Salesian Institute Youth Projects with a Gold award at the DSD Ministerial Awards on 28 November 2017. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding organisations and individuals who contributed towards youth excellence and best practice in their fields.


Waves of Change: Partnering with the fishing industry

The fishing Industry in South Africa is a big part of the Western Cape’s economy. We partner with some of the large fishing companies and train around 200 young adults each year, giving them an opportunity to work at sea.
We assist people to find work mainly in the fishing industry but we are also throwing our nets wider to accommodate the broader maritime industry.
We further help our clients to obtain the necessary documentation with the assistance of our strategic partners. The documents include: Safety Familiarisation Training, Seafarer’s Medical Examination, and a Seaman’s Record Book.

Salesian Outreach

The Salesian Outreach Program is a unit utilized by SIYP to increase our reach and impact amongst the youth at risk in collaborative partnering with key stakeholders.
The Salesian Outreach program follows 4 strategic avenues:

  1. Government Institutes such as:
    • Community Policing Forums
    • Correctional Services, working with the Youth Centre’s for juvenile offenders and the Pollsmoor, pre-release centre for prisoners being prepared for release from prison.
  1. Contact with schools in key suburbs
  2. Collaboration with other NGO’s and NPO’s
  3. Finding opportunities through career exhibitions, life coaching and life orientation events

Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre – South Africa (PTRC-ZA)

Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre – South Africa (PTRC-ZA)

The PTRC-ZA is the newest addition to the Salesian Institute Youth Projects. The automotive industry is facing the biggest upheaval in 100 years as it undergoes a major shift towards new technologies. The ongoing move towards digitalization, connectivity, e-mobility, environmental protection amongst others requires a new set of special skills for employees in the industry. The PTRC-ZA tackles this by creating a regional hub of excellence where Porsche’s intelligent performance and the Salesian social footprint combine to deliver intelligent qualification for the digital automotive pioneers of tomorrow.

This exciting programme was launched in 2017 with the first pilot class of 28 male and female students. Every year, approximately 25 young men and women from socially disadvantaged backgrounds will be trained as automotive service mechatronics technicians. This training seeks to unlock career opportunities in the After Sales dealership organisations of Porsche and the other brands of the Volkswagen Group. The programme is being jointly implemented by the Salesian Institute Youth Projects and the local Porsche importer, LSM Distributors (Pty.) Ltd. This unique combination of competencies allows for a multiple win situation where the Salesian mission and the mission of Porsche are jointly fulfilled.

Porsche has equipped SIYP with two seminar rooms and a training workshop which includes vehicles for the trainees to work on. The vocational education is adapted to the modern and future needs of the automotive industry and the curriculum teaches not only technical and methodological skills but social, personal and digital competencies too.

Are you a young and motivated individual? Are you interested in advanced technologies in the automotive industry? The PTRC-ZA project invites young people with an interest in pursuing a career as automotive service mechatronics technicians to apply for entry into the programme. For more info please contact info@salesians.org.za.



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