Industry helps learners forge careers

Precious Majozi (20) from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is forging a career as an electrician, a line of work more commonly perceived as being undertaken by the male gender.

“I enjoy the challenge,” she says, “of being a female in the electrical field – a career which is still predominantly male-oriented.  Today there is more awareness of the fact that women can do this kind of job. I completed my N4 and N5 qualifications at Thekwini College in Durban and received theoretical training at Umbani Training Centre, where I completed electrical phases 1 and 2. It takes three months in order to complete each phase, and I still need to do phases 3 and 4 in order to undertake the electrical trade test which then enables me to become a qualified electrician. Having received nine months of practical training at Alpha Electrical Contractors and then eight months at Smiths Plastics, I am pleased to now have 14 months of practical training gaining valuable experience at JHI Properties, before writing my final exams,” she says.

Majozi completed her N4 and N5 qualifications at Thekwini College thanks to the PEACE Foundation, a non-profit organisation which aims to alleviate rural poverty through sustainable and self-sufficient local economic development. Now a shareholder of JHI Properties, the PEACE Foundation has forged close ties with the major property services company, which has a strong focus on employment equity and skills transference.

Comments Marna van der Walt, CEO of JHI Properties: “As a Level 3 contributor towards Black Economic Empowerment JHI is committed to programmes which provide training and education, and which also help foster entrepreneurs wanting to enter the industry. Each year we take on approximately 18 learners or interns - most of whom become employed within our organisation after the year of practical training, while others find employment within the industry. Now, with our close association with the PEACE Foundation, we have a pool from which we are able to source learners, helping them further their careers. And as JHI manages over 1300 commercial properties on behalf of clients there are a variety of operational employment opportunities for these learners – including women, as currently 53 percent of our total staff are female.

“In providing further support to the PEACE Foundation we have donated to them a vehicle which will be used for their agricultural project’s business at the Sicabazini Farmer’s Co-operative, a PEACE project in Northern KwaZulu-Natal near the Mozambique border. This vehicle will be used for the delivery of vegetables and produce to the market and to customers,” says van der Walt.

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