Skills Training

Cape Town Skills Training Project

The Skills Training project consists of both internal and external trainings, workshops and courses. It has been proven that clients who access a range of services from Employment Access, and skills training and networking opportunities in particular, increase their chances of finding a job. The workshops include:

1. Job Readiness (FREE)
The workshop builds confidence and self-esteem to apply for work, focusing on phone etiquette, interview preparation and interview skills. All clients registered with EAP qualify to attend the workshop.
2. Foundational digital literacy (R250)
Learn the foundations of Computer Literacy, the main components of a computer, programmes and applications, and basic Internet and email. A strong focus will be on improving typing skills. The course runs for six days from 1-4pm.
3. Fundamentals Of Excel (R250)
This workshop is designed to master the basics of MS Excel. If your goal is to work in a call centre, reception, administration, or an office environment, Excel will be a requirement. Participants must bring their own USB stick. The workshop runs for six weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12 and costs ZAR250.
4. MS Word essentials (R250)
MS Word allows users to produce and share documents. We cover: writing and editing text, formatting and styles, creating tables and graphics, as well as proofing. The workshop runs for six weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12.
5. Professional Skills Course (FREE)
This workshop focuses on professionalism in the workplace. Training provides the tools required to adapt to South Africa’s corporate environment, maintain the employment and possibly gain a promotion. Topics covered include self-image, self-marketing, integration into the workplace and managing conflict and salary negotiations. The workshops are standalone and take place about once a month from 1-4pm.
6. Skills Training Sponsorship
The Skills Training Sponsorship project was created to sponsor foreign clients with practical and applicable skills at relevant training providers and centres. We focus on entry-level training, as most clients have a Matric qualification or lower. Our skills training database contains reputable adult training facilities that can increase the clients’ skill level, and in turn, increase clients’ chances of gaining employment. After training, clients are further assisted through our post-training Graduate Support Programme.
7. Graduate Support Programme
This service is aimed at clients who have graduated from the Skills Training Sponsorship and Work Support Group programmes. They work on a one-on-one basis with an EAP team member. During the appointments, CVs are reviewed and revised, making certain that it markets the client correctly for the desired employment sector. Intensive career advice is given, including further phone etiquette and interview practice. Clients are shown how to research potential employers in order to drop off their CVs and how to apply online. We have already seen an increased number of interviews and/or employment opportunities as a result of the Graduate Support Programme.

Contact us for more information on the above courses:

Internship Placement

Employment Access supports students completing an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Healthcare Management and Customer Care with the Southern New Hampshire University.  Work experience is intended to provide students with an opportunity to see how theories of their specialized associate’s degree (Business management/Healthcare management/Customer care) are applied in practice and to experience skills development in the workplace. By working in a professional environment students can gain hands-on experience while learning directly from professionals in their field of study.

You can expect a highly motivated student who can complete projects, conduct research and engage in a variety of tasks. Your intern can also provide new perspective on processes, procedures and programs. Interns will have a skillset commensurate with their education and beyond. The average internship length is 3 months however, this is dependent on the organizations availability to host an intern as well as students class schedules.

What is the hiring process?

Mentors/intern supervisors complete an internship description – we can work with you to identify areas where interns may support your organization or business. Scalabrini will match you with interns and forward you their resumes and cover letters via email — we can help you screen candidates and find a great fit!

Once you have chosen an intern and selected an internship start and end date, Scalabrini will assign your intern to you.

For more information: Please contact Prashana Rampersad, Internship Coordinator at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town:

Work Experience Placement

Employment Access aims at finding meaningful work experience for our clients who have successfully graduated from Skills Training Sponsorships and entered into the Graduate Support Programme. Work experience is intended to provide clients with an opportunity to apply their sector specific skills and to experience skills development in the workplace. By working in a professional environment clients can gain hands-on experience while learning directly from professionals. The programme is looking for organisations who may be interested in hiring skills training graduates for work experience.

The skills training sponsorships are as follows:

– Restaurant industry (chefs, kitchen assistants, waitrons, bartenders)

– Hospitality (hotel reception, housekeeping

– Baking and confectionary industry

– Baristas

– Childcare industry/ Advanced Au Pair

– Nails and beauty

– Artisan (welding & grinding, electrical, plumbing)

– Forecourt Attendants

For more information: Please contact Fortune at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town:


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