The Cape Skills and Employment Accelerator is a project focused on creating employment opportunities for youth and women in the clothing and textile industry in Cape Town, South Africa.
Made possible thanks to a National Skills Fund collaboration with the City of Cape Town, the project enables small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) to take on machinists at a greatly reduced cost to their business while creating learning and work opportunities for unemployed women and youth. The programme is designed to offer South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level training and workplace opportunities for unemployed youth and women as part of a 12-month learnership, with a view to the SMMEs employing the women at the end of the project.
The learners develop skills that include pattern making, pattern cutting, garment making, and sewing with 75% of the time spent in the business supported by 25% classroom time provided by the training provider.
In June 2022, the first cohort, a group of 17 learners, graduated and received their National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level training certificates – the first milestone of success on the project.
The goal is to train 200 machinists for the sector. To date, the Accelerator has contracted with 43 SMMEs and 212 learners in total were registered by the end of April 2022.
The project is aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth).
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