Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa have committed ourselves to a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. This year (2020) marks the 14th anniversary of Kyocera Document Solutions’ continued support of the non-profit organisation, Potters House Training Centre. This centre enlists previously disadvantaged individuals and provides education and training for the students on the basic servicing of office equipment.
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa believes that it’s important to invest in the education industry in order to create job opportunities and to also fuel the industry with new talent. This is why, through the provision of equipment, consumables and marketing aid, Kyocera has supported the xerography training programme for the past eleven years, empowering underprivileged students and building their skillset in the repair of office automation equipment.
The sponsorship also enables these candidates to have a basic knowledge on our equipment, which in turn leads to benefits for the community, as well as our business partners who in many cases contribute to this partnership by offering successful candidates internships or employment.
The fourteen year partnership between ourselves and Potter’s House has to date, helped more than 250 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2017, we honoured the first young woman graduate from the xerography training programme: Katlego Ramotshabi.
Katlego Ramotshabi says “My life has changed for the better since graduating from the Potters House Training Centre and since the number of female technicians is still on the rise, I’m a step ahead. Being a part of the programme has opened opportunities of employment that were not available before. I’ve also learned a lot about the copier industry, as well as developed skills like discipline, time management and paying attention to detail.”
Practical, focused skills training is a viable way to secure employment.
Werner Engelbrecht, Kyocera SA's General Manager, says: “No matter how technical and automated the working world becomes, we will always need humans with practical skills to service and repair the machines. Kyocera’s CSI initiatives are, therefore, grounded in the creation of practical skills that address skills shortages and result in jobs.”
As a company we believe that practical, focused skills training is a viable way to secure employment, increase household income and thereby break the cycle of poverty in South Africa.