Trade Skill Program

In the Hope Africa Collective Trade Skills program, participants will learn the necessary skills to operate an informal handyman business within their community. Should the student wish to engage in further training/apprenticeship, Hope Africa Collective will connect them with some of our partners in the building industry.


Modules of the Trade Skills Program:

Life Direction: All students in our Economic Empowerment initiatives begin with a 3-week course focused on life and job readiness. The Life Direction program holistically empowers students to process their past, understand their present, and start planning their future. Communication, goal setting, dealing with conflict, relationships, trust, forgiveness, and substance abuse are some of the topics covered.

Faith Discovery: In our Faith Discovery module we look at the big picture of who God is and His redemptive plan for us. Through looking at our own stories, and experiencing the freedom that Jesus can bring in our life, this course is very natural brings great freedom.

Business Literacy: Running a successful business depends not just on having a needed skill, but also on having good business sense. Effective marketing, customer service, and bookkeeping are just a few of the topics covered during this module. There are times of in-class learning as well as out-of-class assignments to see firsthand how successful business are operating.

Trade Skills: The bulk of the Trade Skills program is taken up in time spent learning the theoretical and practical aspect of various trade skills:

  • Carpentry – The basics of woodworking as it relates to the building industry. Aspects of roofing, framing, and flooring will be covered. (65%)
  • Welding – The basics of welding for use on containers, shacks, burglar bars, gates, and many other items used in the building and trades industry. (15%)
  • Plumbing – The basics of learning simple plumbing for sinks, geysers, and other household options within the communities. Learning which pipes, fasteners, and glues to use. (10%)
  • Electrical – The basic learning of what is involved in electrical work that a handyman would need to know to problem solve and complete basic requirements. (10%)

* This course is not accredited, but will provide basic knowledge that students can grow from and take into future education or business.