Academy honours engineering students

By Drum Digital
08 March 2016

Twenty-six students on Saturday received certificates of achievement at the Samsung Engineering Academy’s graduation ceremony in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

Twenty-six students on Saturday received certificates of achievement at the Samsung Engineering Academy’s graduation ceremony in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. 

They are among 1018 students who have graduated from the academy since its launch in South Africa in 2011.

The academy provides free technical and vocational training for school learners, tertiary students and unemployed youth. Each graduate receives a certificate of completion.

The top achiever for 2015 is Grade 12 student, Tshepang Dithoko from Landulwazi in Alberton, east of Johannesburg. He expressed excitement on the achievement and said the academy has helped him with the necessary skills he needed.

“My time at the Engineering Academy has helped me gain the skills I need to find a job in the field I’m passionate about. I also hope it will give me the chance to study further. I’m grateful to Samsung for this opportunity.”

First black African Afronaut, Mandla Maseko, delivered the keynote address at the graduation. The 27 year-old, from Mabopane, is among 23 young people from around the world who won in the Lynx Apollo Space Academy competition.

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The Samsung Engineering Academy enrols over 1000 students yearly across various countries in Africa with the aim to close the gap between skills and demand in the job market. Graduates have a 40% job placement track record, while others go on to pursue further higher education training.

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