Learners trained for success

2017-08-30 06:02
The management of Engine Parts Turbocharges are, from the left, Steven Le Gassick, Deon Myburgh, Charmaine Almendro, Juan Almendro, Samuel Matumane and Candice Naidoo. ­Photo: Supplied

The management of Engine Parts Turbocharges are, from the left, Steven Le Gassick, Deon Myburgh, Charmaine Almendro, Juan Almendro, Samuel Matumane and Candice Naidoo. ­Photo: Supplied

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Engine Parts Turbocharges, a division of Imperial Holdings Ltd, decided to make use of the opportunity to implement the state’s learnership project in Bloemfontein in 2014.

With the help of the Production Management Institution (PMI), who originally interviewed them, altogether 16 learners were taken in.

PMI is a private higher education institution.

The learners also had to pass their interview with Engine Parts Turbochargers.

The aim of the 12-month programme was for Engine Parts Turbochargers to register the learners, pay for their NQF2 studies and ensure that the learners attended classes and passed their exams.

One of the biggest problems with the programme was that people were taken in because Engine Parts needed people to stimulate growth in its business, but could not hold the classesthe classes that they had to attend were not possible for us.

PMI immediately agreed to jump in and hold the NQF2 classes for Engine Parts Turbochargers on Saturdays.

PMI was praised for its leniency in this regard and for the partnership with Engine Parts that has been growing for the past three years. road that we have travelled together during the past three years and also for the partnership that we have built with PMI.

In 2014, after the project had been running for approximately six months, four of the 16 learners had already been permanently employed.

One, however, got sick and resigned, and another left without reason.

During the next six months, five more learners were employed.

Of the 14 learners, four dropped out, one was fired because he had a criminal record, two were not appointed as a result of bad discipline and one learner had to stop due to poor health.

PMI organised a prize-giving ceremony at the end of their classes.

Altogether 11 learners received their NQF2 certificates.

In 2015, 16 more learners were appointed.

Within the first week, one learner absconded.

PMI was again willing to do the whole year’s training on Saturdays.

Within the next six months, six of the remaining learners were appointed permanently.

However, the very first learner who was appointed permanently, resigned. She moved to greener grass and now still works for PMI.

Before the year ended, the last six learners were employed.

In 2016, 10 learners were taken into the learnership project. Once again, one absconded.

The other nine learners stayed on and, after five months, five were appointed permanently.

In May this year, at the end of the learnership, six learners were appointed permanently. One lady resigned and now works for an established bank.

The learners that were appointed over the years still work for Engine Parts Turbochargers.

Altogether 25 of the learners of the class of 2015 and 2016 have received their certificates.

Engine Parts Turbochargers is proud of the fact that the lives of 30 people were changed through the learnership programme.

PMI also played a big role in that success. and privileged to be able to say that we made a big difference in the lives of 30 people and thank PMI for their assistance during the past 3 years.

  • In 2013, Engine Parts also sent 12 of its own workers to complete the NQF2 course.

Everyone passed and went on to study further.

They all now have their NQF3 course certificates.

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