St Anthony’s Education Centre

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St Anthony’s Education Centre
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The St. Anthony’s Education Centre’s (St Anthony) vision is to unlock the potential of our students by empowering them with quality, non-discriminatory education and training based on Christian values. The organisation’s mission is to change the lives of those it serves.
 
St. Anthony’s Education Centre’s Objectives are to equip students with practical skills that would make them productive as workers in industry or for self- employment, contribute to restoring dignity and hope to the destitute communities around us, and to also assist students who need another opportunity to complete their formal schooling up to Grade 12.
 
Core Functions and Services:
 
St. Anthony’s Library

The library supports the needs of the St. Anthony’s Education Centre students as well as the wider community’s information needs. The Library has a Cyber Café for students and the local community at no charge.
 
Franciscan Matric Project

The Franciscan Matric Project began in January 1986 in response to the needs of students on the East Rand, Gauteng, who had either failed matric or were unable to write examinations due to disruptions in their schools or communities. The project offers Grade 12 students a second chance to complete their secondary school education. The Franciscan Matric Project has since then grown to include Grade 10 and 11 learners. This year we have over 700 learners registered.
 
Vocational Skills Training
 
Three year learnership in automotive repair and maintenance.

This course is in partnership with Mercedes-Benz South Africa and the Merseta. (Accredited with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) following the unit standards in basic building principals.
 
The course content is 80 percent practical and 20 percent theory covering safety/hand tools and housekeeping, computer skills, problem solving in automotive workshop, coordinate work in an automotive context, diagnose and repair mechanical and electronic vehicle systems.
 
Equip Youth Employability Programme.

Six-month courses (including Life Skills Programme). 

The six-month courses are run in partnership with the International Youth Foundation funded by the Caterpillar Foundation.
 
Plumbing

(Accredited with the Construction Seta (CETA) following the unit standards in basic plumbing principles).

The course content is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/hand tools;
  • Identification of materials;
  • Reading drawings;
  • Measuring/cutting/brazing and pipe threading;
  • Assemble pipe work;
  • Sanitary/waste water and geyser installation;
  • Drain laying and bylaws; and
  • Scaffolding and ladders.

Electrical

The course content is 80 percent practical training and 20 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/hand tools/measuring tools;
  • Introduction to electrical components and theory;
  • House wiring/fault-finding;
  • Conduit pvc/galvanised/norse cable installation;
  • Identification of motors/motor testing.

Welding

Accredited with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority following unit standards in basic welding principles.

The course content is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/hand tools/power tools and housekeeping;
  • Reading drawings/welding symbols;
  • Welding theory;
  • Grinding/cutting/measure and marking off;
  • Shield metal arc welding;
  • Oxy acetylene welding;
  • Tungsten metal arc welding; and
  • Fluxcor welding.

Bookkeeping

Accredited with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

The course content is 80 percent theory and 20 percent practical covering:

  • Bookkeeping to trial balance;
  • Payroll and monthly SARS returns;
  • Computerised Bookkeeping; and
  • Business literacy.

Eleven week courses (Including Life Skills Programme)

Bricklaying

Accredited with the Construction Seta (CETA).

The course content is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/Hand tools/power tools;
  • Measuring Equipment Dumpy level;
  • Reading of Drawings;
  • Arches/pillars/corners;
  • Laying out of foundation; and
  • Practical brick work.

Carpentry

(Accredited with the Construction Seas (CETA)

The course content is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/hand tools/power tools and housekeeping;
  • Reading building drawings;
  • Cutting/measuring and marking off; 
  • Scaffolding and ladders;
  • Installing ceilings/skirting and hanging doors;
  • Constructing roof structures.

Plastering

(Accredited with the Construction Seta (CETA)

The course content is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/Hand tools/power tools;
  • Measuring Equipment/dumpy level/mixing mortar;
  • Reading of drawings;
  • Plastering arches/pillars/straight walls/blank walls/projecting walls/curved walls;
  • Laying grano to concrete floor;
  • Laying out of foundation; and
  • Practical plastering work.

Upholstery

This course is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/hand tools/power tools and housekeeping;
  • Reading drawings;
  • Cutting/measuring and marking off;
  • Basic operation and maintenance of upholstery sawing machines;
  • Construction of wooden furniture structures; and
  • Covering of Furniture.

Furniture Polishing and Desk Refurbishment

Accredited with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) following the unit standards in basic refurbishment and polishing principles.

The course content is 90 percent practical training and 10 percent theory covering:

  • Safety/hand tools/power tools and housekeeping;
  • Reading drawings;
  • Cutting/measuring and marking off;
  • Basic operation and maintenance of upholstery sawing machines;
  • Construction of wooden furniture structures;
  • Covering of furniture; and
  • Refurbishment of furniture.

Computers
This is a six-month course. The course content is 60 percent practical training and 40 percent theory covering:

  • Introduction to Computers;
  • Microsoft Word 2003;
  • Microsoft Excel 2003;
  • Microsoft Access 2003;
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003; and
  • Microsoft Outlook 2003.

Life Skills Programme

The life skills course aims to complement the technical skills training offered at St Anthony’s Skills Training Centre. It is a two week course which equips participants with the knowledge and skills to deal with every aspect of their lives by:
 
Helping participants to better understand themselves, their rights and responsibilities and their full potential.

Equipping participants with good social, problem-solving and communication skills to deal with a range of issues in different situations e.g. at home, among their friends, in the community and at work.

St Anthony’s Jobs Advisory Centre

All trainees register with the Job Centre at the end of their training. Here they are assisted with the typing of CV’s and interview skills. The JBC networks with local businesses to secure internships for our trainees for a period of three months which gives trainees on-the-job experience. St Anthony’s pays the interns a stipend of R2 000 per month for the three month period. The JBC searches for jobs on the internet, newspapers and other resources to try and secure employment for the trainees.

Nexgen Programme (SMME)

The programme has been integrated into the Equip Youth Employability Programme. It is a one month course (split into two sessions of two weeks each). The Nexgen course aims to assist trainees whose home language is not English with reading, writing and understanding skills to develop to their full potential. The programme is aligned to the individual’s level of understanding making it easier for them to learn and apply acquired life skill principles as part of their daily habits. The aim of the programme is to create understanding of basic life, business and entrepreneurial skills so that trainees can become productive. It is a starting point for further skills and personal development making people “trainable” so that they are flexible to adapt to change, effectively becoming part of the solution and not the problem in South Africa.
 
Challenges / Opportunity
 
The greatest challenge for St Anthony’s Education Centre will always be funding.  This year the subsidy received from the Gauteng Department of Education for the Franciscan Matric Project has been cut by 50 percent. This was a result of the school achieving a pass rate of 80 percent which was below the district pass rate of 81 percent.
 
The syllabus for 2014 has changed and new books for the FMP will cost in the region of R1 million. This is almost an impossible task given that the learners struggle to pay school fees.
 
The trainees doing the Skills Training Courses come from impoverished backgrounds and are not able to pay very much towards their training. The Skills Training Centre costs R7.5 million per annum to run and 80 percent of this has to come from donors. 
 
Finding employment for our trainees is also a challenge and we have employed the services of a consulting firm to assist with this problem. Currently we are only finding employment for 10 percent of our trainees and we are aiming to improve this radically by the end of 2013. The relevance of the skills training courses is being closely monitored to ensure that trainees receive the correct skills to equip them for employment.
 
Impact / Contribution to Society
 
Many students from the FMP have gone on to study further and have high level jobs. There are currently 745 students registered for Grades 10 to 12. On 3 January 2013 the school received the award for Top Performing Independent School in Gauteng and again at the District Award Ceremony on 29 January 2013 it received the award for the Top Performing Independent School in the district.
 
Thousands of beneficiaries have gone through St Anthony’s and many of them are leaders in the democratic government of the country.
 
St Anthony’s was recently acknowledged by the government for its contribution to uplifting the community during apartheid. The African National Congress-led government brought its Centenary Flame of Hope to the Centre and it remains a symbol of hope in this community.
 
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Founded: 
1966

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