Project leaders receive training from Staffing Direct
Saturday, 31 July 2010 00:00
One of the Academy’s trainers, Hallid Smith, has willingly given up many of his Saturdays in order to run this programme and make sure project leaders are equipped with the necessary management skills and tools to run their community projects effectively. The first two-day training workshop was conducted on the 21st June and 31st of July for 16 project managers. It was judged a success by all delegates. The other two training workshops are scheduled for August and September 2010.
At the end of the training programme all of the project managers should be able to:
Through team work and role playing participants also learn how to identify problem areas in project management, particularly relating the common ones of time management, effective communication and people skills.
- Set up, run and close a project
- Effectively communicate the project’s objectives to all role players
- Develop a simple schedule to facilitate effective project execution
- Monitor and evaluate the project schedule
- Identify and rectify problems related to the project
- Apply a range of project management tools and techniques
- Explain fundamentals of project management
- Compile and present a professional power point presentation of the project
Smith was astonished, during the first workshop, to find out how well planned some of these small community-based organisations already are, in spite of a chronic lack of basic resources, skills and knowledge. He has offered to mentor all the project managers for three months post training so that they will continue to have full access to Staffing Direct’s resources and expertise.
The participants so far have demonstrated a valuable collective experience in the field of community development. Smith added that they were all motivated, disciplined and keen to absorb new information and methods of achieving outcomes. The participants had the following to say about the workshop: This course has been invaluable; I now feel empowered to run my project effectively; It has done a lot for my career.
“The participants enjoyed the group exercises and the fact that we could work through existing challenges that they deal with on a daily basis. We collectively came up with solutions and a strategy to overcome these obstacles,” commented Smith.
This collective project illustrates the importance of collaboration and the sharing of resources in finding solutions and a strategy to overcome the physical, psychological, social and economic ravages of the HIV epidemic.
For more information contact:
NATHEA NICOLAY (Programme director: Health, Metropolitan Foundation) on 021 915 5940 or
VENI NAIDU (Health Economist) on 021 554 1558 or
QUINTON ADAMS (Educational Psychologist) on 0826985103 or
MARGARET ENDALE (Metro North Education District [MNED] HIV/AIDS co-ordinator) on 073 022 0051 or
HALLID SMITH (Business Developer, Staffing Direct Training Academy on 021 948 3451 or