WOF’s effort to help aging participant
Working on Fire in Gauteng launched the carpentry workshop in Cradle of Humankind base to make and refurbish furnishers for the provincial office and bases. The workshop was aimed at providing fire fighters who can no longer work on the fireline with skills that would create job opportunities for them.
George Lesele, 37, a carpenter for the project said: ‘‘I acquired formal training in carpentry from training academy when I was a trainee fire fighter at the time,’’ explained Lesele.
‘‘But I have always done carpentry work during my spare time. I hope I will acquire more valuable experience which will earn me a better job somewhere,’’ he said.
Lesele who was appointed for the project because of his deteriorating fitness levels due to his age, said he will be refurbishing furnisher for Working on Fire Gauteng province.
Vusi Nkosi, a project manager, said this project intends to upskill the participants who are aging and can no longer keep up with the required fitness levels. He explained that project is not going to accommodate everybody because there are limited opportunities.
‘‘The project was launched officially by senior management during the Gauteng roadshow late last year,’’ he said
He added that management will support George and help him to exit.