Girls make a visit to workplace

2016-06-23 06:00
 Some of the girls from various schools listen intently during the tour

Some of the girls from various schools listen intently during the tour

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“A diligent approach to your studies will benefit you in the long term, especially if you want to ensure a successful career.”

That was the message delivered to a group of Cape Town learners who visited a local security company’s offices last week, as part of an annual campaign to expose young women to new and exciting career opportunities.

The Cell C “Take A Girl Child to Work Day” campaign started 14 years ago.

ADT Security threw its weight behind the event this year, and invited 45 learners from three Cape Town schools to spend the day at its offices in Goodwood.

The Grade 11 learners came from the Intsebenziswano, Sophumelela and Zisukhanyo Secondary Schools.

“We wanted them to see that a security company consists of more than just armed response officers. They spent time with our Human Resources department as well as our call centre and monitoring centre teams, they asked questions of our sales managers, and even inspected some of our IT facilities,” said ADT’s General Manager (Coastal), Adrian Good.

Monitoring Centre supervisor Elvina Friedericks shared the story of how she began her career at ADT as an Armed Response Officer and developed her skills to now be in a managerial position.

“I remember those days of being on active patrol, putting on my Kevlar vest, and being at the front-line of our company’s work. I even delivered a baby while on duty. I kept developing my skills and am proud to now be one of the supervisors in our monitoring centre,” said Friedericks.

Good added that this was the message he hoped the learners would take from the day.

“They are in the foundation phase of their lives. Working hard now, being committed to their studies and personal development,”.

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