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Sinah grew up in the North West of Rustenburg with her grandparents, when her mother passed away. After completing her matric in 2011, Sinah spent her time looking for employment and in 2013 she attended a cookery course, which she could not complete due to financial pressures on the family. It was only in 2016 that Sinah heard about Sparrow FET College when a staff member from Sparrow visited Rustenburg to recruit candidates.. Sinah began her Professional Cookery course in July 2016 and spoke about how much she learnt at the college:

“I learnt a lot about theory and practical requirements for professional cooking, which is helping me at my work placement.”

Sinah is currently undertaking her work placement at Gold Reef City and is enjoying the experience. Despite finishing the theoretical part of the Professional Cookery course in December 2016, Sinah still feels supported by Sparrow. Students have regular visits from job coaches to check on their progress at the work placement and address any challenges they face.

Sinah is currently living with sister in Johannesburg who has also recently started studying at Sparrow…

“Sparrow is a good place for people like us who don’t have any money. It helps people, which is why I encouraged my sister to also study at Sparrow FET College.”

When Sinah finishes her course, she would like to get a job a permanent job in the food industry and has ambitions to become a sous chef.

If you would like to join Sparrow FET College today, email us on admissions@sparrowschools.co.za to book your assessment or if you are looking for an extra pair of hands you can host our learners for 6 months at no cost contact us: 011 673 4410/19. 

Academics are not the only way

Most of the world’s education system’s core focus is academics, which makes school a prolonged ordeal for many. This leaves learners going through many years feeling like they are not good enough to compete in the world and that can have detrimental consequences. When the apartheid government was abolished in 1993, many children affected by the system were still at a disadvantage and had nobody to help them catch up on the backlog, allowing them a smooth transition into mainstream schools.

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Through its remedial teaching and skills training, the Sparrow Schools Education Trust has developed a way to provide the previously disadvantaged and academically challenged people a fighting chance to compete in society and contribute to the country’s economy.

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After going on the United Kingdom Choir tour in 2004, one Sparrow Schools student in the Catering Programme was inspired to break the stereotypes that you can only compete in the world if you excel academically. “When I was in school, I was really not an academic child, so I found an opportunity where I could rise and do what I am doing now and I love it,” says Lehlohonolo Magadime, Senior Chef Supervisor at Delaire Graff Estate in Cape Town. He further adds, “It does help having a passion and doing what you love. I think it is important for the youth out there to follow their passion for them to succeed.”

Magadime has since travelled the world and is now also running his own Catering Company called Exclusively Yours Catering. “I think he is a very hardworking, strong and upcoming young chef. He is very passionate, dedicated and he has a very bright future in the kitchen, he will take it further than that,” says Head Chef at Delaire Graff, Virgil Khan.

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Spar program overview

“Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration, as we need an entire army of companies to work together to build a better world within the next few decades. This means corporations must embrace the benefits of cooperating with one another,” Simon Mainwaring.

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Through partnership with industry, Sparrow FET College continues to make great strides in ensuring that its vision and mission of equipping youth with skills is realised. The FET College strives to build strong partnerships with members and representatives from various industries.

Through these partnerships, the College is able to offer bursary programs and learnership opportunities to students who would normally not be able to further their education.

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On 24 June 2015, The FET College hosted Store Supervisors and managers from various Spar outlets across the country for a Professional Cookery program overview. The program is designed to provide SPAR with a recruitment pool of suitably trained youth; the program trains the student towards the completion of the Professional Cookery @ NQF level 4.

The day kicked off with the visitors being served welcome drinks and canapés by the students. Job Coach, Mary Webber, then proceeded to the nitty gritty’s of the whole purpose of the session, going through logbooks, clarifying roles of both the supervisors, managers and the students._DSC0209

From there, the visitors got an opportunity to meet and interact with the Professional Cookery students. The students also got the opportunity to showcase their skills and treated the visitors to lunch prepared by them.

The relationship between the College and Spar continues to enjoy much success with the Assistance Chef program achieving a 69% employment rate. The success of the College’s vision and mission to provide young South Africans with a livelihood relies on these sorts of partnerships. These kinds of collaborative initiatives provide an opportunity to improve the lives of dis-empowered young South Africans. They contribute to the larger objective of uplifting the country’s economy and the well-being of those marginalized in our society.

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