Back to School Programme
The Back to School programme initiated in 2013 continues to grow. More than 780 students from the community of Vrygrond and surrounding areas were assisted this year with the payment of their school fees, school clothing and school stationery to keep them in school for the year. Some of these students have gone back to school with the financial assistance of the Company. Some of these students have also benefited from the Company’s bursary programme, which continues to be rolled out in the fishing communities of Hermanus and Gansbaai.
Premier Fishing Bursary Trust
This bursary trust assists employees to further educate their dependants who wish to study at a tertiary institution.
The bursary also includes dependants in grades 11 and 12 wanting to qualify for future higher education by assisting them with additional lessons. To date, the bursary trust has assisted more than 115 dependants.
Premier Fishing Learnership Programme
The learnership programme covers all employees in the advancement of skills and training in society and the contribution to the socio-economic conditions of society. To date, the learnership programme has assisted more than 185 employees.
Where Rainbows Meet – Training and Development Foundation
Selwyn Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme Where Rainbows Meet – Training and Development Foundation is based in the community of Vrygrond, the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape. The foundation is based within the community, providingservices for that community, and is managed and facilitated by members from the same community and
The programme was started in 2009 with four children and now hosts more than 1 000 children in various programmes. The need arose as the children were left unsupervised and alone on the streets during the day, because their parents were involved in alcohol and drug abuse. A safe, supervised environment was created for these young children during the day and they are encouraged to attend other programmes on offer.
As part of government’s ECD programme, the Group has ensured that these young learners are provided with the best foundation phase education and in doing so provided financial support for qualified ECD teachers’ salaries for the year under review.
Employees in the Group are active participants in the quest to give back to the communities within which the Group operates and became involved in this community project with a hands-on approach. Ongoing employee support took place during the year under review, and with the contribution from the Company they could assist in the basic day-to-day needs of the children in the foundation phase of the programme.
Bursaries and Learnerships
Various subsidiaries in the Group offer bursaries and learnerships to members of the communities in which they operate.
Interns and Graduate Interns
The Group continues to offer workplace exposure to interns and graduate interns, and some of these interns have become permanent employees.