After completing their studies, many students struggle to find employment. This is as a result of many employers looking for graduates with work experience.
At West Coast TVET College, assisting graduates to acquire the necessary experience has become a big focus. A Placement Unit was established in 2015 under the leadership of Mr Lumkile Ralarala who is based at the Central Office.
His primary objective is to find host employers to place the students in internship programmes that complement their studies. However, without funding, many students would not be able to commute to their workplaces.
For one Business Management N6 student, Sarlien Willemse from the Vredenburg Campus, the hard work paid off. With funding received from the Chemical Sector Education and Training Authority, who paid her a monthly stipend, she was able to complete an 18 month internship programme at Hoedjiesbaai Lodge, West Coast.
This gave her the necessary practical exposure and experience for her programme of study. Furthermore, and most importantly, she is now eligible to apply for the National Diploma. She was recently permanently appointed by the South African Police Service in an administrative position in the West Coast town of Hopefield, Western Cape Province.
Sarlien says, “Studying at West Coast TVET College was the best decision that I could have made regarding my future. I am grateful for the opportunities, and the doors it has unlocked for me.”
This is only the beginning! Sarlien would like to encourage people to go the extra mile and study further. She maintains that it is the only means of empowering yourself.
Congratulations Sarlien, West Coast TVET College is truly proud of you!
By Rhazia Hamza Deputy Principal and CEO Innovation and Development
Source TVET College Times