The Department of Clothing and Textiles Technology recently hosted a 5-day training program for mainly unemployed youth of the Cape Flats area in collaboration with Vanessa Cooksen’s organization, BGK. Garment construction expert, Mrs Ivy Daries from the Technology Station Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) facilitated the training, teaching the mostly female participants how to sew three different products using industrial sewing machines.
The aim of the training was to inspire the youth and show that they are capable of becoming makers not only of products but also their own destinies. The TSCT committed to creating a lifelong partnership with the attendees, offering technical support and guidance to help them start their own businesses at subsidised costs.
Located on the Cape Peninsula University of Technologies Bellville Campus, the TSCT boasts a state-of-the-art Technology Centre, product testing equipment, product development assistance, and all levels of training. The TSCT is sponsored by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), ensuring that the latest technology and techniques are always available to its users.
The program was a huge success, with the youth leaving the training feeling empowered and confident in their abilities. They now have the skills and support they need to turn their dreams of entrepreneurship into a reality.
For those interested in finding out more about the TSCT and its services, please feel free to contact them at 021 959 6826 or via email at Techcentre@cput.ac.za.
In conclusion, the collaboration between TSCT and BGK to provide training for unemployed youth of the Cape Flats area is a shining example of how organizations can come together to make a positive impact in the lives of those in need. By offering practical skills, support, and guidance, the TSCT is helping to create a brighter future for the youth of the Cape Flats and beyond.