In this project the orientation of learners started on the 6th October 2009 and ended on the 9th October 2009. Learners orientated on the qualification were as follows:- Metsweding = 20; Tembisa = 25; Daveyton = 25; Tsakane = 37; Katlehong = 42; West Rand = 40; Sedibeng = 50.
When the actual training started, learner statistics changed to the following: Metsweding = 19; Tembisa = 21; Daveyton = 25; Tsakane = 37; Katlehong = 42; West Rand = 40; Sedibeng = 49.
During the orientation learners were supplied with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolios of evidence to complete over a period of a month.
The Technical Training of the learners started on the week of 19th October 2010 at the following centres: Sedibeng, West Rand, Katlehong, Tsakane, Daveyton, Tembisa and Metsweding. The total number enrolled was 233 instead of the expected 240.
The training clusters were rolled out as followed:
Child Care; Community Health; HIV & AIDS; Oral and Written Communication; Children in Communities; Community Development; Numeracy; Computer Literacy.
Initially it was envisaged that the training would be completed by end of August 2010, but due to the learners high failure rate in numeracy in the RPL phase, a decision was taken to train the cluster in class, hence an extension in the training period. The training will now only be completed on the 08th of October 2010.
The most important challenge was securing venues in the form of clinics, hospices, and hospitals for our learners’ experiential training in clusters such as Child Care. The standard reply from these facilities is that since our learners are not registered with the nursing council, it is risky on their part to allow these learners on their premises.