Gearing the youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – The story of Bukhosibakhe Chonco

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Gearing the youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – The story of Bukhosibakhe Chonco

Here at Training Portal, we have the privilege to provide skills development solutions and learnerships to a wide range of learners in order to address some of the real imbalances in the South African workforce. We are partnered with a range of companies to aid them in addressing their skills development, training, and B-BBEE objectives whilst optimising B-BBEE points, use of tax incentives and cost savings.

We sat down recently to speak to Bukhosibakhe Chonco, a 29-year old learner, living with a disability, that was enrolled for a learnership through Indigecare to ask him about his experience as part of the learnership.

Bukhosibakhe was born and raised in Bloemfontein in an area called Botshabela and is the older of two boys. After matriculating in 2019 at Sehunelo Secondary School he started working in the retail industry. However, he soon realised that he wanted to study Mechanical Engineering, which he then did at Motheo TVET College.

Unfortunately, Bukhosibakhe could not find employment. Indigecare saw the need and soon enrolled him in a learnership in End-User computing at Training Portal. While Bukhosibakhe took computer studies as a subject in school, he says that the learnership has given him more insight and has improved his skills.

Computer skills are becoming essential as the world is participating in the fourth industrial revolution, where digital work and life are becoming the lifeforce of the working world. Partly as a result of the National lockdown and social restrictions, Bukhosibakhe was also able to apply his skills offsite and has more experience in the online processes that are becoming vital for future work opportunities.

The learnership sets Bukhosibakhe up for permanent employment as an equipped individual. As part of his aspirations he is thinking of applying his skills abroad and travelling the world, all thanks to his newfound ambition and computer confidence.

The learnership has made a significant impact on Bukhosibakhe , who has already started encouraging others to apply for the learnership. He believes that the new skills he has acquired will boost his CV and make future employment much easier. He feels like the youth of South Africa face a range of challenges, of which employment is central, but believes that through the learnership, Training Portal is addressing that challenge.

He has met a few people during the learnership with whom he would like to stay in touch, despite living in different areas. He has enjoyed speaking to others in the learnership about the future and the opportunities available to them.

At the end of the learnership, Bukhosibakhe expressed his gratitude to Training Portal for making the learnership possible. He feels that the learnership has made a difference in his life and those of his peers. Bukhosibakhe also expresses his deepest gratitude to Indigecare for giving him the opportunity to take part in the learnership and believes that he has gained the necessary skills to start looking for new work.

This experience meant a lot to Bukhosibakhe and provides him with better opportunities going forward. Even though he lives with a disability, it is clear that he is not ready to quit, with aspirations of work abroad and seeing the world. Now he is one step closer.

We are creating opportunities like this every single day. Do you want to be part of someone else’s success story? Speak to us to learn how you can benefit from partnering with Training Portal for your B-BBEE skill-development and training objectives. Visit www.trainingportal.co.za or contact Danie Krige at daniek@trainingportal.co.za or Jean Du Plessis at jean@trainingportal.co.za

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