The aim of all courses is to give hands-on practical experience, and to equip the student with the basic knowledge to be able to start a small business. Six-month trainees get experience through out-placements.

No prior knowledge is assumed. Courses are conducted in English and Ndebele but an ability to read and understand English is required. Certificates are given for courses of 12 weeks or over. Costs vary for each course, and may be paid monthly, but a discount is available for upfront payment by individual students. Food and accommodation can be provided at a modest cost. Hlekweni is 15km from central Bulawayo.

Agriculture for Dry Areas

agriculture including poultry, cattle, goat and pasture management; drip-irrigation, soil preparation, vegetable growing, orchard care, integrated pest control; water harvesting, growing small grains and business management for farmers.

Basic Building Techniques

building including tools and their uses; bricklaying and related skills; safety at work; basic construction principles; materials and techniques; building plans and setting out; foundations and super-structure; aggregate mixes; plastering.


carpentry including introduction to carpentry and joinery; safety and tool maintenance; basic construction in woodwork; techniques and materials; household, office, school and funeral furniture making; painting and decorating.

Early Childhood Education and Care

childcare including child development, health, nutrition, basic first aid; stimulating learning; special needs; rules and responsibilities for nursery care; toy making; play equipment and maintenance; working with the authorities, parents and nursery management.

Metal work

metalwork including workshop safety; isometric drawing; metal manufacture and identification; basic welding principles; pressure welding; distortion; arc welding and cutting; gas welding.

Sewing and Garment Making

garments including introduction to equipment; layout and cutting; use and adaption of patterns; seams, fastening, buttons and button-holes; collars, sleeves and hems.

Building, Carpentry and Metalwork trainees can be assisted in obtaining a Class 4 Trade Test one year after completing the course.

Short courses available include:

In 2007 it is hoped to add:
  • Alternatives to Violence (AVP) as a series of weekend courses
    potential trainers will be invited to the first series
Other courses may be offered according to demand and capacity. For further information contact (09) 479888.
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