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Macsteel has introduced an empowering program to equip 100 interns and learners with self-defence skills that will help ensure their safety.

Starting this month, a Krav Maga self-defence training program for 100 of Macsteel’s interns and learners split equally across gender-lines, will provide them with greater self-confidence and ensure their safety during daily commutes to work as well as customer and site visits.

“This is an exciting initiative that ensures participating Macsteel interns and learners are well equipped in awareness training, safe behaviour, mental and physical conditioning and effective strategy for self-defence,” says Kim Allan, Macsteel’s Group Corporate Social Responsibility Manager.

“Feedback from our interns and learners showed that many were being harassed on their daily journeys to and from work. Most rely on public transport and often complete their journey on foot, which makes them the most vulnerable to unwanted approaches or unacceptable behaviour from strangers.

“Unfortunately, we can’t take responsibility for employee safety to and from work, but we are pleased to be making a real difference by empowering them with self-defence skills that will also benefit them with self-confidence,” explains Allan.

Allan co-opted Anthony Segal of idefend to train interns and learners in Krav Maga self-defence, situational awareness and personal safety skills. The course includes reading a situation before it’s too late, using one’s voice to draw attention to unwanted advances and ensuring one’s personal space is maintained. Furthermore, they learn how to counter bullying, protect themselves and their families from attackers, and improve fitness levels and weight loss.

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