Our Rising World Class Chef Tshepo Mbeazi

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Tshepo is an inspiring young man looking to make his mark internationally, one dish at a time.

He joined Sparrow’s FET College on July 4, 2016 and enrolled in the Professional Cookery course to obtain an NQF level 4 Qualification. He wanted to gain the necessary skills to fulfill his passion and enter into the hospitality industry.

Prior to Sparrow, Tshepo started a bakery at home, baking cakes, breads and muffins for his community in Rustenburg. He then heard about Sparrow through the National Youth Development Association and decided to apply online. After his assessments and interview, he was accepted into the course and was eager to start his journey in Professional Cookery. Tshepo graduated from Sparrow FET College and in 2017 started working at the Sandton Sun Hotel.

After realizing his talent, Tshepo wanted to test his new found talent and skills, by entering the Lucky Star competition in March, where he prepared a delicious terrine wrap. However, his journey in the Lucky Star Competition came to an end, as he was overqualified for their competition. Tshepo continued to put his talent and skills to the test by entering into another competition, the Unilever Chef of the Year, and was delighted to make it through to the Regional Finals Top 6 out of 1000 entrees, an outstanding achievement!

 

What does Tshepo’s future looks like?

Tshepo is a truly inspiring young man. At the age of 22 he has been selected to sail off and work in Miami as an Executive Chef on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Ship.

Sparrow FET College wishes him nothing but success on his future endeavors and we look forward to his visit at the College and hopefully teach us a few tricks of the trade.

Sparrow flies with Melanie

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela

Sparrow flies with Melanie

To reiterate what Mandela has said time and time again, Education is a fundamental aspect in youth development and provides an opportunity to address social injustice by providing one of many solutions to the rising issue of youth unemployment.

 

With this in mind, Melanie Malema realised the need to bridge the gap between skills development and unemployment amongst our youth. With her passion for uplifting and empowering our youth she developed the Sparrow FET College in 2010, to train the students on our NQF accredited qualifications, thus providing an opportunity for employment in artisan work after their studies.

 

 

 

Mr. De Klerk interactive with the kids in Mechanics.

Our floor laying skills programme.

Students acquiring some culinary skills.

 

 

 

With the help from Melanie, Sparrow FET College was appointed by the First Rand Foundation to conduct extensive research in Mpumalanga, with the hopes to establish a college or to partner with existing institutions throughout the province, therefore taking Sparrow Schools national.

Over the next few months, she will be interviewing government officials, community’s leaders, principals of colleges, youth, industry and other stake holders.

 

 

Once Sparrow identifies the needs for the youth in Mpumalanga, these findings will be presented to the First Rand Foundation and Sparrow Schools Educational Trust and together with Melanie this will continue to drive change in South Africa.

Never let poverty have the best of you!

I don’t think you have ever met a lady who loves cars like I do. I am that daughter that would break things just to see how they operate or to check what’s inside and why it’s there. Khomotso Makuru is a 26 year old lady from Tafelkop which is a town in Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo Province, who is currently residing in Thembisa, Johannesburg. When she arrived in Johannesburg she started looking for a part time job to sustain her and keep her going. Even though her family was not financially stable enough to pay for college fees, she never lost hope and continued to believe that she would become a motor mechanic.

Khomotso was referred to Sparrow FET College by her relative who was once a student at the FET College and is now a permanent employee at Sasol mine in Mpumalanga. Khomotso is one of two ladies who are currently enrolled for the motor mechanic course at Sparrow FET College. She is determined to do her best in the course, due to her love for cars and regular research to find out more about the course she is doing and more about cars, she is not experiencing any challenges at the college. Although she is crazy about cars, she is also an entertainer, as we saw her dominating the dance floor at the FET College spring day event which took place on the 1st of September 2017, Khomotso is clearly a lady of many talents.

 

After completing her studies, Khomotso would like to open up her own business, where she will be able to provide for her son and her family, while also empowering women from her community to have more than one income, through creating their own businesses. Women are encouraged on a daily basis to take the challenge and get into the industries which were once male dominated, like automotive repair, fluid power hose assembly, plumbing and installation of floor coverings.

If you want to further your dreams, let us help you achieve your dreams now! Contact the Sparrow FET College and book your assessment on 0116734419/10

Sparrow FET College spring day fundraising!

The best way to start spring is with great food, good music and good friends. The delicious smell of freshly baked muffins and grilled meat filled the campus with lots of excitement and leaving everyone drooling. The professional cookery students prepared delicious food to be sold on campus during the spring day celebration which took place at the FET college campus. Delicious pap, wors, chicken drumsticks and delicious chakalaka was on the menu together with cupcakes for dessert and cool drink to wash down the divine plate filled with goodness. The food plate was sold at R25 and R10 for a cool drink while a cupcake was charged for as little as R5. The professional cookery class learnt how to be patient, provide quality food, work in a team and most importantly learn how to be an entrepreneur and what it takes to be in the food industry. The learners took everything that they had been taught by their lecture Chef Mpho and put it to the test as they did all this work without supervision.  Big ups to our chefs who will in the near future own their own restaurants!

The automotive repair and maintenance students took to the car wash challenge, as they washed cars at the college for the day. The cost of washing a car was R30. Both young ladies and gentleman did their best, and proved to everyone that being a mechanic is not only about the engine, but also about how the car looks. If you want to be an entrepreneur these are the key skills that you need:

  • The ability to manage money
  • The ability to raise money
  • The ability to be productive
  • Networking
  • Great communication skills
  • Time management
  • Adapt to change
  • Work hard 

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