Train­ing for 70 fu­ture fe­male earth mov­ing equip­ment me­chan­ics

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

“IT’S NOT EASY be­ing a woman in a male­dom­i­nated world, but we are def­i­nitely go­ing to make it!”, says Mbali Dlalani, one of 70 fe­male trainees do­ing 3-year ap­pren­tice­ships as heavy earth mov­ing equip­ment me­chan­ics with Bar­loworld Equip­ment.

Dlalani at­tributes her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and per­sis­tence to the 8-week train­ing pro­gramme she un­der­went with Haram­bee Youth Em­ploy­ment Ac­cel­er­a­tor prior to tak­ing up the ap­pren­tice­ship.

Haram­bee searched its data­base of more than 300 000 as­sessed can­di­dates for women who had com­pleted ma­tric with maths and English and in­vited them to at­tend a work seeker sup­port ses­sion where they com­pleted a bat­tery of tests and as­sess­ments ap­pro­pri­ate to the re­quire­ments of the role: look­ing at spa­tial aware­ness, me­chan­i­cal rea­son­ing and visual acu­ity.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­dates then em­barked on an 8-week work readi­ness pro­gramme, which in­cluded work­ing on their nu­meric abil­ity, literacy lev­els, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, prob­lem solv­ing and judg­ment and health and safety aware­ness. Be­cause of the un­usual job sit­u­a­tion they were go­ing to face, Haram­bee also worked with them on emo­tional quo­tient, con­flict man­age­ment and phys­i­cal train­ing.

Mandiphiwe Le­vani, a key ac­count man­ager at Haram­bee, said de­sign­ing a bridg­ing pro­gramme for a very spe­cific cus­tomer need was typ­i­cal of Haram­bee.

“We love it when our clients ap­proach us to do some­thing we’ve never done be­fore. We’re pre­pared to do what­ever it takes to get more of South Africa’s young peo­ple em­ployed.

“This is one of the most ex­cit­ing projects we’ve worked on.” – Bar­loworld Equip­ment

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