Building a generation that is fully equipped to take the bait

As the rate of unemployed graduates increases every year, skill development programmes help to reduce the rate by offering students with specific skills training that are highly demanded in the job market. The programmes also inspire an entrepreneurial mindset which will have a positive impact on the country’s economy and communities when the students open their own businesses. To help companies increase their BEE score card, they can invest in different kinds of skills development training including internships, school bursaries and learnerships. When investing in a skills development programme a company will be credited with 25 points on the BEE score card. With the #feesmustfall movement creating a disruption in tertiary institutions, companies need to spend money on skills development programmes to have a good reputation on their employment equity profile.

The Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, states that no one should be discriminated in the workplace or while looking for a job according to their race, gender or social background. At Sparrow FET College we provide you with a solution that benefits your scorecard and your company image, which will result in repeated business. Sparrow FET College provides 12 months learnerships and 6 months skills development programmes. A company can either fund a student to study, pay for their school bursary or employ a student to gain workplace experience and grow within the company. Join Sparrow Schools FET in reducing the unemployment rate while increasing your BEE score card. #EducateAchild

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Sparrow FET College supports Skills Development in South Africa

According to the Financial Mail, the South African Marketing, Advertising & Communications industry is under pressure to help address black unemployment in the country by complying with the recently amended BBBEE codes.  One of the changes is that more points are now awarded to Advertising companies under the “skills development” element of BEE than for other sectors.

Skills development is vital if we are going to tackle SA’s high youth unemployment levels, which is the most pressing issue in the country today.

The good news is institutions like Sparrow FET College, can offer solutions across all angles to help your business comply and achieve BEE points for skills development. We are passionate about the issue and helping up skill SA youth so we would welcome the opportunity to chat with your company to see how we can help tackle youth unemployment together.

Have a look at our website or our Sparrow FET College’s Facebook page for more information.

To read the article: ‘BEE reality hits marketers’ click on the link: http://www.financialmail.co.za/mediaadvertising/2016/05/26/bee-reality-hits-marketers

Melanie Malema driving change

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have,” Magaret Mead. Since joining Sparrow Schools in 2002 and realising the huge divide in South Africa’s education system, New Business Development Manager at Sparrow Schools, Melanie Malema has made great strides bringing meaningful change to the lives of young persons.

Malema developed interest in the social space in the year 2000 when she was approached by a church in Bryanston, Johannesburg. She was invited to run and manage a home that was established for boys who were living on the streets. These boys faced various social issues such as drug abuse and did not attend school.  This is when she came across Sparrow Schools which was the perfect fit for such boys.

Her drive for uplifting and empowering young persons continued and led her to helping develop the Sparrow FET College in 2010. She embarked on an exploratory mission doing research and finally witnessing the registration of the college as a credible training provider that offers SETA accredited courses.

“The Sparrow FET College trains young people in short skills that have been jointly identified with industry. This model provides industry with a pipeline of young entry level candidates who wish to embark on a particular trade,” explains Malema. The identification of relevant companies is crucial to the training as this is where learners gain their practical work experience and ultimately leads to full time employment.

The partnership between the learner, The Sparrow FET College and industry has proven to be an effective model in producing qualified candidates in areas of short skills and successfully contributing towards the eradication of unemployment in the country.

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