We are accredited by the MICT SETA (Accreditation number: Acc/2006/02/17) for –
|Qualification||National Certificate: End User Computing|
Celebrating the graduation achievement of a year-long
End User Computer Learnership
By Michélle MacKenzie with photograph credits to options in training
When my colleague and I met a group of 12 young men and women from a number of communities stretching from Lehae to Henley-on-Klip in July 2016, we had no idea of the impact we would have on each other’s lives. Chanty Gomes and I are corporate business trainers by profession, and our company, options in training, had entered into a contract to train this group of enterprising, yet unemployed, millennials.
All were matriculants, but each had to complete an English and Mathematical Literacy assessment in order to embark on this Level 3 End User Computing National certificate learning opportunity. The costs for each learnership were sponsored by a donor company, MVR Security, and the additional monthly stipend each learner received covered travel and food costs.
In order to make the experience as accessible as possible for all, contact training time between students and trainers took place several times a week at the Lerato Educational Centre in Eikenhof. We were welcomed with open arms by the board, staff, principal and young Gr 1-3 school pupils. Being an ex-teacher myself, I have to confess that I have never seen such a work ethic, sense of responsibility and self-discipline from such young children!
Our students had access to a classroom to work in, even after teaching time, and we, as trainers were often helped by enthusiastic school kids when we cleaned classrooms after a day’s work.
Trainers and students had to be extremely creative and innovative as the new classroom we were generously given to train in had tables and chairs, but no working power points at first. Each learner received stationery, notebooks, and a bag from options in training for their sponsored laptops (organised by the networker extraordinaire, Dr Bruno Pauly, Director of the Lerato Board!)
Chanty and I, along with some very helpful students, built some serious arm muscles as we toted the learner portfolios, assignments, extension cords, plugs, paper and extra stationery to class every day! We all learned to see daily life through the eyes of others, and built mutual respect. Everyone learned to be innovative, more patient and tactful (most of the time!) developing assertive communication techniques during the process.
In the latter part of the learnership, our group of twelve were placed in jobs to gain valuable work experience. They faced travel challenges, but were given great opportunities to learn, even if they were not directly related to their gradually increasing computer expertise.
Our graduation ceremony took place a year and six months after we began our journey together, on 10 February 2018. We celebrated the achievements of eight successful candidates, with some stirring words from three local DA councillors, Dennis Ryder MP and councillors Marianne Kruger and Phillip Gomes. Each graduate was rewarded with a nationally recognised MICT Seta accredited certificate, a network of contacts, mentors and a sense of accomplishment based on persistence, hard work, trial and error.