The Bergzicht Training Centre was officially launched as a Section 21 (non-profit) company on 6 March 1992 in Stellenbosch and recently commemorated its 20th year of existence.
Bergzicht's conception was a response at the time to the pressing need for the training of unskilled and unemployed people in the Stellenbosch and surrounding areas. A survey that was done at the time showed a definite need for trained workers in the industries of home-based care, catering, educare and domestic work. It was decided to focus on training of unemployed people in these skills and to assist qualified learners into secure employment. This strategy reflected Bergzicht’s belief that training without employment is meaningless and that any training initiative should be provided within a holistic framework. Besides providing training in these areas, literacy and entrepreneurial courses were also initiated on the premises.
Today Bergzicht's vision is ”to be the leading South African learning facilitator of poor, semi-skilled and unemployed adults in selected vocational areas, resulting in the holistic development of socially and economically productive citizens and in doing so alleviate poverty”.
Bergzicht’s mission is “to empower unemployed and/or semi-skilled people with accredited, innovative and affordable learning opportunities, to empower them to start their own business, or to secure living-wage employment for them through an in-house employment bureau”.