Bosco Skills Centre

The Bosco Skills Centre was originally set up in 1992 to tackle the high unemployment rate in Swaziland. By offering selected tradesmen workshop facilities and allocating each with three to four apprentices, the combination of trainer and trainee is mutually beneficial; the one party receiving expert knowledge and the other profiting from labour at relatively low cost. MYC interviewed and chose 11 skilled craftsmen giving them a three year contract with a minimal service charge, which includes a small allowance for the trainees. The workshops include: metal work, carpentry, refrigeration, electrical, sewing, auto electrics, printing, panel beating, motor mechanics, upholstery and small appliance electrical. The trainees receive practical training for two years and may then test for the Trade Test Certificate in SCOT (Swaziland College of Technology) and acquire Grade III Certificate which enables them to apply for jobs in big companies or become self employed. This group of students concentrates mostly in practicals as 78% of them are illiterate. MYC has introduced a theoretical element into the training, with students taking basic business classes at the Bosco Study and Business Centre making sure that students not only learn the skills but also have the business know-how to launch their own enterprises.