Industrial gas specialist Air Products has recently sponsored a programme that aims to benefit youths in lower economic communities by enabling them to gain skills in catering and confectionary.

The Sacred Heart College’s Aganang Skills Development Training Program in Observatory, Gauteng, South Africa, was granted a donation by Air Products to help make a difference in the lives of the youth, aligning to the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives. 

In addition to its training programme, the college has also established the ‘Three2Six School Project’, an initiative that provides safe learning spaces and education to refugee children. 

Located in an area of southern Africa regarded as a hub for displaced South Africans and migrants, the region has become a home to many households who cannot afford to live in other central locations, according to Air Products. 

Air Products hands over the cheque to Sacred Heart College. L – R: Lynn Walker, Arthi Govender (Air Products), Heather Blanckensee, Mark Potterton, Volente Naidoo, Seane Nthabiseng and Mpho Kgole (Air Products).

Air Products hands over the cheque to Sacred Heart College. L – R: Lynn Walker, Arthi Govender (Air Products), Heather Blanckensee, Mark Potterton, Volente Naidoo, Seane Nthabiseng and Mpho Kgole (Air Products).

“The goal is to create a space where the skills and resources can be shared with the youth, where they will be provided with coaching and mentorship,” commented Heather Blanckensee, Head of the College. 

Having already received ‘tremendous support’ for its programmes, she added that the goal is to create a space where the skills and resources can be shared with the youth, where they will be provided with coaching and mentorship. 

“We want to establish the Aganang Skills Development Training Program as a platform where the unemployed youth can build up their confidence and skills to successfully integrate into the job market or pursue business opportunities.” 

By forming a partnership with the College, Air Products sees the move as the first step towards raising the funds they require for the programme. 

Arthi Govender, Chairperson, Air Products’ CSI Committee, commented, “We believe in their goals for this programme and the difference it will make to the lives of many young people.”