Introducing Nicholas, the man in charge in Welkom

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Introducing Nicholas, the man in charge in Welkom

Training Portal Online recently appointed Kgethang Nicholas Thakamakau as acting Campus Co-ordinator at Welkom Training Centre. Nicholas started his career in academia in 2002, when he was a teacher for the Free State Department of Education at Rearabetswe Secondary School in Kutlwanong for 10 years. He taught many subjects, including Accounting, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Economics and Management Sciences. During this time, he fully realised his passion for education. “The most rewarding result is when you see the outcome of all your teaching and hard work, and see how next generation of scientists, engineers, accountants and doctors emerge”.

In 2013 his career path changed when the National Research Foundation/SAASTA appointed him as Project Leader in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality for five years in where he managed the National Science Week (NSW) in order to exhibit and illustrate the role of science in tackling problems and challenges encountered in creating and sustaining a prosperous society. It encouraged him to travel through the district to engage and communicate with respective target markets such as the youth, parents, politicians, the unemployed, students, learners and teachers to demystify the myths surrounding some of the innovations that are important to the advancement of society and also to raise career awareness in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

He was later appointed as a freelance Corporate and Governance Practitioner by Summat Training Institute, where for four years his core responsibility was to facilitate the training programme on the MFMA (Municipal Finance and Management Act) implementation to enhance the levels of awareness and capacity of municipal officials in terms of financial management.

For an entire year he worked as Quality Assurer with Triple E Training on ad hoc services. His main task among others was to periodically monitor and evaluate training programmes’ effectiveness, success and ROI and report thereon, as well as to maintain a keen understanding of training trends, developments and best practices. While travelling the breadth of the country to numerous training centres of different workplaces, he had to develop the personnel to ensure that the attainment of operations is aligned with the initial training programmes as agreed among all the stakeholders.

During 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic started, he was appointed at Training Portal Online. From the get-go he looked for opportunities to support the learners at the Training Portal and enhance his experiences. He is involved in not only facilitating and assessing learners’ work but is also responsible for providing a workable, long-lasting and fruitful relationship with learners, his colleagues and management.

His long-term plan is to head up the training department. To prepare for this role, he wishes to gain experience in a range of different areas within the institution to ensure that he is fully prepared for the challenges that such a leadership role will bring.

He strongly believes that education and academics should not just be about earning a salary or merely “having a job”, but rather be about supporting learners as a facilitator, assessor and leader and making sure the learners achieve their full potential.

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