The Grootbos Foundation’s Siyakhula “Careers, Employability and Enterprise” programme generously funded by ABSA is a three part programme aiming at equipping young people, ages 12 – 20 in order to increase their employability through career guidance, career planning, study skills, enterprise and entrepreneur skills training and contact with the world of work. The programme was run in five high schools in the Overberg area from July 2014 to date, namely Qhayiya Secondary, Hermanus High, Hawston Secondary, Gansbaai Academia and Albert Myburgh Secondary School.
The careers programme (incorporating subject choice) has seen a total of 1,698 learners taking part in these workshops. Dr Litha Beekman (a career psychologist) has been instrumental in facilitating and providing the material for the grade 9, 11 and 12 workshops. . Subject choice workshops for the grade 9 learners assisted them to make more informed subject choices for grade 10.
Gr 11 and 12 sessions have provided learners with insight into possible careers which suit their personality; into their subject choices for post matric studies and how to apply to a tertiary institution.
The Entrepreneurship section of the programme commenced with 63 learners attending the Entrepreneurship camp, after which 36 learners presented their business ideas. Of these learners, 19 have been linked with mentors and have received seed funding to start their business, 17 are gaining work place experience in their chosen field (job-shadowing or attending relevant courses).
Success Stories Over and above the 1,992 learners partaking in the programme there have been many outstanding Entrepreneurs whose lives have been changed.
Caren Kleyn (Gansbaai Academia grade 12 learner) is an active beading entrepreneur. Her enthusiasm and eagerness is so inspiring.
Her own business Caren’s Jewellery and has received start-up funding totalling R 7 500 to restock her business so that it may continue to flourish.
During August she will be sent on a jewellery design course in Hermanus and once in effect could potentially become one of the manufacturers of the Grootbos Foundations beading programme where high end pieces will be sold in the shops of the two lodges of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
Zenande Yawa (Qhayiya Secondary School, grade 12 learner) has a passion for sewing and re-styling of second hand clothes. When she attended our Entrepreneurship Camp she already proved to be a driven young lady who had been running her own sewing business for about five years. On the camp her eagerness took front stage as she already had a name for her business, Stitch & Patch and was eager to design her own logo and get her business off the ground. She was linked with a successful entrepreneur from her local community and received R 8 000 start up capital to buy Business in a Box. Through the Clothing Bank in Hermanus she has learnt how to sew on her new sewing machine and over locker and is on her way to sewing success.
Lunga Ngqazo (Albert Myburgh Secondary School grade 10) is a fluent Xhosa, Afrikaans and English spoken young man. Our passionate carpenter gained stipend paid workplace experience at The Joshua Tree in Bredasdorp and has a future holiday employment opportunity with this wonderful company.
Sandra Muchanyara (Hermanus High grade 12 learner) has a passion for baking brought down through the generations and supported by her parents. Her Nilla Pod Bakery ‘The True Essence of Food’ is a great success. She was linked up with a business coach, sent on a cupcake decorating course in the July holidays and has receive R 4 000 to cover the start-up costs for her business. She has sold her delicious treats at the Hermanus Market and will be at the Onrus Market after Matric in December.
Nkosithandile Xakana (Gansbaai Academia grade 12 learner) and his Mouth Watering Steaks business in his community of Stanford. Alongside his business coach his budget and business plan was finalised and he received funding for the start-up costs of equipment and stock. He made a profit his first weekend and has since bought three pigs with his earning.