Looking for skilled workers?
What the Work Based Exposure Programme offers companies
Despite unemployment figures being staggeringly high in South Africa, companies struggle to fill their vacancies with adequately skilled candidates. It is clear that the skills of current students are not matched to the requirements of industry. In addition, students often do not have an understanding of work culture or work ethics.
One way of solving this problem is to improve collaboration between colleges and industry, making sure that what is learnt in the colleges is matched to industry as well as supplemented by structured workplace experience. This bridges the gap between the worlds of schooling and work.
The Work Based Exposure Programme (WBE) offers valuable benefits to both employers and students:
- TVET college NCV students are exposed to a real business or industrial environment and get the chance to see what employers are looking for, thus increasing the likelihood of finding employment;
- Companies get the chance to identify potential future employees. In addition, the mentors within the company (and all staff involved) gain confidence and find the experience of teaching and sharing knowledge very enriching and empowering.
The Work Based Exposure Programme is a valuable first step and may in future be followed by some sort of apprenticeship. All these steps have the same goal: to bridge the gap between the world of school and the world of work, while offering students the opportunity to find an appropriate work environment and employers a chance to identify potential future staff.
To see what WBE entails, please read about the WBE programme at GIZ in Pretoria (which took place in July 2015) in our booklet here!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you too would like to benefit from this valuable experience.
Update: After completion of the WBE at GIZ, we are very pleased to announce that we have already inspired two companies to follow suit- they will host students in October this year!