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Corobrik bricklaying programme helps upskill Swellendam community

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Participants of the Swellendam Tourism Economic Empowerment Partnership learn useful  Frank Croy practises the basics of laying a brick wall at the Corobrik bricklaying training programme. Participants of the Swellendam Tourism Economic Empowerment Partnership learn useful Frank Croy practises the basics of laying a brick wall at the Corobrik bricklaying training programme.

Corobrik is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged people through their bricklayer training programmes.  Corobrik bricklaying training is offered at specially designed facilities in Cape Town, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Recently twelve Swellendam community members completed a training course and are now empowered to obtain employment as bricklayers in the construction industry.

Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik Manager, Western Cape, said, “we have been successfully NQF-level bricklayer training courses out of our three training centres at Avoca, Lansdowne and Lawley for a number of years now with fantastic results achieved.   This nine-week bricklayer programme is specially aimed at creating employment opportunities for residents by enhancing the public facilities at small rural towns, such as Swellendam.”

The Western Cape training centre, headed by Ismail Rothman, Corobrik Building Training Coordinator, are not-for-profit with attendees sponsored by various organisations such as the Swellendam Tourism Economic Empowerment Partnership (STEEP).

STEEP is a project implemented by the Swellendam Tourism Organisation (STO) in partnership with the Jobs Fund, Swellendam Municipality, Western Cape Provincial Government, WESGRO and others. The three-year project, which started in January 2015, endeavours to create jobs, provide skills’ training and unlock new enterprise opportunities to the benefit of the disadvantaged communities of the Swellendam municipal area.  Growing and sustaining local tourism and related economies is another goal.

The drive is to improve the lives of women, the youth, the disabled, the elderly and those who have never had employment.

Those who attended the sponsored training programme came from the Suurbraak, Buffeljagsrivier and Railton communities.  They were taught bricklaying practices, as well as life skills, which will assist them to establish their own businesses.  On completion, they received a Certificate of Achievement. 

Swellendam is a popular tourist attraction and the graduates will be able to build braais and other public-use facilities in and around the area.

Farouk Davids, skills’ training co-ordinator of STEEP, said all the candidates expressed an interest for self-improvement.

“When selecting candidates for training, a key consideration is an interest in bricklaying and some experience in the building and construction environment.” said Davids. “They were looking to become part of a skilled workforce and were willing to work hard at their bricklaying.”

STEEP does assist in obtaining employment following the training process.

 “During the training, we work with local construction and the building industry about possible employment opportunities,” said Davids. “A highlight was co-ordinating a local building and construction industry forum where the trainees were introduced. We are continuing discussions with construction companies that expressed willingness to provide job opportunities.”

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Clay bricks and paving bricks have been produced by Corobrik in South Africa for more than 100 years, making it the sub-continent’s foremost masonry and paving design company.

Corobrik supplies local and international clientele, bringing brick designs to life all over the world. An extensive range of face bricks,  pavers and landscaping products in a variety of shades and textures, enables architects to create a myriad of stylish brick and paving designs.

Product development, coordinated through Corobrik’s ISO-IEC 17025 accredited central laboratory, aims for continuous enhancement of quality and performance in line with changing design trends and innovative new applications.

Corobrik has regional offices across South Africa and a national network of accredited dealers.

Production facilities operate in accordance with international best practice and quality assurance, ensuring that all products comply with industry standards and the classification against which they are manufactured and sold.

Five Corobrik factories have ISO 9001:2000 accreditation; another 10 are working towards this goal. All adhere to the Minerals and Mine, Health and Safety Acts and manufacturing processes are based on sound environmental practices.

Corobrik is committed to BEE and the upliftment and economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities.

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