ISKILL was formed with the aim of empowering the community
Mission : To provide relevant skills at an affordable cost in an endeavour to combat unemployment and address the social concerns in the South Africa and across borders.
ISKILL is a training initiative that was established in 2020.
ISKILL primarily aims to serve as an intervention for the lack of access to affordable job skills for the unemployed, together with adressing the deficit in career paths and development of our youth which were further exacerbated by the pandemic.
Our umbrella body, Awqaf SA(website https://awqafsa.org.za), was pioneered in 2000 as an independent community owned trust, dedicated to the fulfilling voids in society. Awqaf SA has been an advocate of investing in education for the last two decades particularly in upgrading literacy and mathematics for matriculants.
ISKILL sees itself playing an important role in collaboration with other NGO’s, business and individuals to address the lack of access and inclusion to relevant, affordable up-skilling, through which people can realise , if not augment, their potential.
South Africa is challenged with a high and growing unemployment rate amongst youth and an economy that is in virtual disarray. Such an environment is likely to cause and compound the already negative emotional and socio-economic issues in individuals, de-stabilise families, communities and ultimately the productivity and growth of the economy.
The ISKILL focus will be on ‘exclusion gap’ – the gap where most cannot afford the high costs of skills training. Since ISKILL is a NPO, it is not profit driven but development driven.
We duly researched, examined and compiled the likely array of training to be introduced by ISKILL. We analysed industry voids, needs and trends impacted by the recent pandemic ramifications. We settled on four areas of work-related, post high school training, namely:
1. Training towards a qualification. 2. Skills improvement training for employed individuals who want further education to increase their job mobility. 3. Retraining for those who have been displaced from their jobs and need to prepare a new line of work. 4. Those who need basic entrepreneur skills to reach economic self-sufficiency.