It has been proven that with a TVET College education, there are no limits to the possibilities. When Gilroy Forbes enrolled at West Coast TVET College, his vision was only to complete a qualification and to get into the labour market.
Coming from Saron, a rural town just outside Porterville, Western Cape Province, poverty and a lack of opportunities motivated Gilroy to become independent and to help his family financially. Today, he is employed at West Coast TVET College as assistant to the quality assurance manager. His responsibilities include, monitoring health and safety, conducting internal audits, handling injuries on duty and various other administrative tasks.
What makes him unique is that he is a product of the college through and through. He completed two of the college’s diploma offerings namely, management assistant and human resource management. In order to sharpen his financial skills, he then completed the N4 in financial management.
Gilroy believes in the saying of former president Nelson Mandela that, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. With this in mind, he wanted to ensure that he does not only make an impact in his own life, but that he sends a message to his community that there are no limits to empowering yourself. Further, that your circumstances should never be a barrier to your happiness and success.
After all these qualifications, he then enrolled in 2015, for the B-Tech in quality management and assurance at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has now accordingly recently graduated with the B-Tech degree. His drive and passion to further his education and better his life is in line with the strategic objectives of the minister of Higher Education and Training and the TVET Sector. It is for this reason that the college is committed to providing quality technical, vocational education and training services and to increase the academic achievement and success of students.
In this endeavour, the college strives to develop partnerships and maintain good stakeholder relations. This is with a view to increasing the number of students who are adequately prepared to enter the labour market or further and higher learning opportunities.
West Coast TVET College is proud of students like Gilroy. It is also rewarding to follow the progression of students who can develop through their education and training; participation in internships; find permanent employment; and ultimately become a B-Tech Graduate from a University of Technology.
Through Gilroy’s dedication, perseverance and example, many students from the town of Saron and surrounding areas have enrolled at the West Coast College after hearing of his success story. “There should be no excuses from students coming from rural towns not to better their futures. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”, he said proudly.
Source: TVET College Times