Engen Computer School – a gateway to jobs and apprenticeships

Engen Community Computing School has a further 70 graduates, all South Durban residents whose basic IT qualification boosts their chances of finding employment.

ECCS offers members of the South Durban community free introductory level IT skills training, which covers the standards in eight units of the National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing.

One of the graduates, who resides in Merebank, Bellarina Govender, recently landed an administrative job at a service station in Montclair.

“The course really helped me a lot and that’s the reason why I got this job. I now understand all the basics of IT and how to use Microsoft Excel, an essential skill needed in today’s world today,” Govender said.

Another graduate, Siboniso Hlongwa, said the course really opened his mind and helped him see he could still be successful in life. After completing the course, Hlongwa applied for a sales apprenticeship, which he is currently completing at Gauteng City College.

Course Organizer and Director of Training, Sheryl Casalis, is extremely proud of all the graduates and is especially pleased to see that so many of them have found employment opportunities or been accepted into internships as a direct result of their ECCS training.

Casalis said ECCS training makes a tangible difference in the attitudes of people who take the course.

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“Many arrive without hope and don’t believe they have the ability to learn how to use a computer. Siboniso is an example of a changed life, due to his changed attitude and increased confidence,” she said.

Among the recent graduates, Khayelihle Dlamini, Sthabile Cwele, Mlondolozi Khanyile, Ayanda Shozi, Braeden Govender, Phila Msomi and August Ratau, have all been accepted to Level Five of the Systems Development Learnership NQF with Addtech Development Solutions. “The Engen Community Computer School training has not only familiarized them with computing, but also sparked an additional interest for them in the field of information technology, as the certificates received are a gateway to career opportunities. employment as well as apprenticeships,” added Casalis.

The Engen-sponsored school has been transforming lives in South Durban for 13 years and has 2,504 graduates to date. The latest group of graduates, all excited to put their newly acquired computer skills into practice, were congratulated by Engen Refinery General Manager Sykry Hassim.

“Our latest graduates all deserve a round of applause for their efforts. At Engen, we believe that the continuous development of the community will ensure resilience and readiness in today’s demanding and ever-changing new digital world,” said Hassim.

Although the matric and age criteria are not prescribed, most of the students who attend the school are between 20 and 40 years old.

“Engen School of Computing prides itself on giving graduates the knowledge and confidence to pursue jobs that would otherwise have been beyond their reach. As a caring and responsible company, Engen is honored to play a small role in positively changing the lives of community members who reside in an area near the Engen refinery,” Hassim continued.

Engen champions nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 4 Quality Education, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for everyone.

Engen is also a long-time supporter of education in Durban through its Engen Mathematics and Science Schools (EMSS), which seek to address key skills shortages in South Africa in engineering fields. and technology, thus contributing to the economic growth and transformation of the country. .

In KwaZulu-Natal, the EMSS program offers extra math, science and English lessons every Saturday to disadvantaged students in grades 10-12 at Fairvale High School, Ganges High School, Howard College and Mangosuthu University of Technology .

Operating for over 30 years, the EMSS Achievement Measure is an annual matrix class that consistently exceeds the national average of successful students who enroll with a bachelor’s degree.

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