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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Vernolia thriving in male dominated field

A lot has been written in the media about South Africa’s recent unemployment slump, most of it negative. According to employment data released by Statistics South Africa on 26 May 2015, the unemployment rate in the country soared to its highest level in over a decade. Unemployment in the first quarter of 2015 has risen to 26.4% and more than 20 million people are not economically active in the country.

According to earlier results from Stats SA, the youth continue to be the hardest hit by unemployment. Being the optimists that we are at Sparrow Schools we see opportunities in all difficulties. Through our partnership with industry we continue to champion the fight against unemployment and helping young people overcome difficult circumstances.

Vernolia hard at work

Vernolia hard at work

Sparrow FET Automotive Repair & Maintenance graduate, Vernolia Breede was forced to drop out of school when she fell pregnant at a young age. Things got worse for her when she was hit by the harsh realisation that she would have to raise her baby as a single mother. Realising that she cannot just sit at home and wallow in despair, she heard about Sparrow FET’s Automotive Repair & Maintenance program and enrolled in 2014.

Not only has Breede thrived in this male dominated automotive industry, she managed to be one of the two students from a group of 26, selected to serve as an Apprentice for Lazarus Motors.  “I grew up tough so coming into this industry and adapting was not much of an issue. I know that if a man can do it, I can do it too”, Breede confidently says.

Vernolia with Senior Technician Andries Els

Vernolia with Senior Technician Andries Els

Since joining Lazarus Motors in January 2015, Breede’s future looks promising. She has worked under different Technicians who all sing her praises. “She is really hard working and has improved a lot since joining us. Apart from the fact that I can trust her enough to work alone, I see bright future for her here,” says Lazarus Motors Technician, Andries Roos.

Breede’s life has improved dramatically since joining the Sparrow FET College. She adds, “looking at my baby grow up is also what motivates me and pushes me to be someone better.” She has her eyes on working her way up to becoming a Senior Adviser in the next 5 years.

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Vernolia with her team

Breede is one among many graduates who have risen above circumstance and turned their lives around. At Sparrow Schools, we aim to offer practical solutions to South Africa’s socio-economic challenges. We have programs and strategies which have proven to be effective in helping eradicate poverty and unemployment one step at time. We remain true to our mission to prepare children and youth living with learning difficulties to become income generators. We do this through comprehensive education and vocational skills training.

Aphiwe’s journey

Aphiwe Stungu

With 25 years of experience in the education and skills training field it is not hard to believe the great success stories that surface at Sparrow Schools.  Triumphant stories of individuals that have risen above their social circumstances and succeeded against their learning challenges. Amongst such stories is that of Aphiwe Stungu, a 19 year old female that enrolled into the Automotive Repair & Maintenance program. The Port Elizabeth born student thanks her uncle’s intervention for making her dream become a reality back in 2011 by insisting on the FET route. Young Aphiwe followed in her motor mechanic brother’s footsteps, “Seeing my brother fix anything made me fall in love with the Superwoman idea,” Aphiwe laughs.

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It wasn’t long till Aphiwe made a name for herself, impressing the facilitators with her ‘doing things properly’ attitude. Being the only girl in the program didn’t faze her she says and nor did it make it easy. The hard working lady says there were no favours received for her female card, she had to toughen up and get used to the realities of her chosen field. The good reputation carried over to the workplace where she was placed and enrolled with one of our industry partners- Germiston Kia Motors, through Imperial’s four years apprenticeship program. With each level she passes she gets an increase in wage, a great incentive for her to do well and take her studies seriously.

Aphiwe with Motor Mechanic facilitator Mr Errol

Aphiwe with Motor Mechanic facilitator Mr Errol

Aphiwe completed her apprenticeship program and  hopes to specialize in Diagnostic Mechanics and, who knows, maybe work for Ferrari as well. Jurgen Krause, her mentor and supervisor in the workplace says her work ethic, determination and ability to dream beyond her reality will be rewarded. Seeing Aphiwe climb up the ladder is great motivation for the staff at Sparrow Schools who work tirelessly in making a difference in the youth and country. We can’t wait to hear more from this lady on the rise.

Source : Givengain