Monday, 6 October 2014

Skills development programmes for Matriculants

If you don't have plans after your Matric exam, you can :

-attend the Bizschool camp in December to help you for your future plan (you need to apply before October 20). It is a 2 weeks program for 60 Matriculants : a three-day camp in Magaliesberg from 29.11 to 30.12 (transport is provided) + a 10-days programme at Gibbs Institute (Rosebank )  from November 31 to December 10 which includes : life skills, career counselling, finance and IT, public speaking and communication skills (email etiquette, etc), workplace relationship and entrepreneurship (theory and practice, by selling stuffs at the Jozi Food market and Market on Main).  During the following year, a mentor (professional) will look after you and make sure you put “your plan” (studies, business, etc) into practice. It will also help you with networking...
Thando Moyana, one of the learner of the Alex high school programme with his mentor, Samantha Lewis, a life coach

...”I gained confidence. Before, I could not speak in front of everyone. I also learned to work as a team and how to enter business”, explained Tshegofatso Buthelezi, one of the 3 students from Alex who attended the Bizschool. Lebogang Kekana said she “learned how to listen to people and wait before talking, how to do a business plan”. “I did not know anything about business, now I know the basics”, added Molatelo Mabotsha, who had also to confront his fear and “jump from a bridge” during the Magaliesberg camp.

 Cost of the program : R900 . - - If you attend St Mary's saturday classes, you can get a bursary from Absa (please send an email to

- check also at the Ma afrika tikkum (Linda Twala) center on 16 Av in Alex. Next year, they will run a 4 months skills programme for about 100 unemployed youngsters (under 36 years old) from Alex. 70 % of those attending the session find a job. They also run these "skills and enterprise development" programme in 3 other centres in Gauteng and 2 in Cape town. "Our programs prepare and link youth to jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. They include developmeent of skills (IT, life skills, etc) and job placement. If you are interrested, fill an application on their website :

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