Most people find it difficult to adapt to change but it was a different story for Rendani Vele, a 26 year old lady who had to leave her comfortable home town full of avocados and all kinds of fruits in Venda including the traditional Venda lifestyle of her village. She had to relocate to the busy city of gold and swapping lifestyles or cities meant that she had to drop out of a mechanical engineering course as she couldn’t afford the course fees in Johannesburg. She had to opt for a much cheaper option yet highly demanded course as her family was not financially stable to pay the course fees. Her cousin who had enrolled as an early childhood development student at the Sparrow Schools FET College advised her to contact the school as it is much cheaper and she can choose from the course options available at the FET College.
She initially wanted to enroll for the early childhood development course but the course was already full when she contacted the college. Rendani then opted for the motor mechanic course and unfortunately she did not qualify for that course. Having received all the feedback from the college she did not give up and enrolled for the hose assembling course in which she was the only female in the class. It is a 6 months course consisting of 3 months at the college and 3 months at a workplace for experience. Even though funds to pay for fees were not available, her father made sure that she had money to pay for her assessment and registration fee as the rest was paid for by the college. Being the only female in class made her the little sister to all boys in her class; she enjoyed playing soccer with her classmates and speaks highly of Mr. Parker who was her favorite teacher.
The idea of being a hose assembler wasn’t fascinating to for her at first but now that she has leant a lot about the course, she is excited about the industry and would like to have her own hose assembling business in the near future. Rendani is currently doing her workplace experience at Alfagoma as a hose assembler and she has been there for more than a month. As Sparrow Schools FET has provided her with education and a workplace experience, she believes that it is up to her to learn as much as she can and grow not only in the industry but also in the company. The hose assembling industry is a male dominated industry and Rendani is working hard to be successful in the industry.
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