A total of 75 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) beneficiaries received certificates of recognition for the successful completion of work on various EPWP projects at the Overstrand Municipality for the past year.
The certificate ceremony took place at the Municipal Auditorium in Hermanus on Friday, 2 August 2019.
The participants range from 18 and older in age and come from all over the Overstrand.
The EPWP is intended to alleviate poverty by providing temporary workers with a step-up through access to opportunities to earn money. During this time, beneficiaries also receive skills training and on-the-job experience to put them into a better position to become employed full-time.
The beneficiaries are aware that being part of the EPWP does not mean they are entitled to jobs.
They had to apply when vacancies arose, and those who were shortlisted, had to go for interviews.
As part of the 12-month programme, EPWP participants working in the Community Fire Protection Project are given training in Fire Fighter 1, Hazmat Awareness and First Aid level 3. This is the minimum requirement to qualify to become a fire fighter.
Additional skills development includes Rope Rescue, Fire and Life Safety Educator to educate the public and Major Incident Medical Management System.