VW gives practical skills to students
PE COLLEGE student Nelisa Winti is excited by the firsthand experience she received at the Commercial Trainee programme at Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). The programme assists Nelson Mandela Bay students who have completed a non-technical qualification and are required to complete a practical component in order for them to gain their qualification.
“Coming from a township background proved difficult in the beginning but from the onset I told myself I needed to adapt to this corporate environment,” said Winti.
“Most of what I am learning at Volkswagen I hadn’t learnt at school, things like editing and design, photography, digital communications, strategic communications and making powerful presentations. This is a great platform to learn new skills, especially on how to conduct oneself professionally whilst also gaining experience for my CV,” said Winti.
She is one of 10 students who have been getting experience in departments like Communications, Finance, Human Resources, Logistics, Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Technical Academy, Information Services and Product Engineering since January.
VWSA chairperson and managing director Thomas Schaefer said in a statement the aim was for college students to be employable, not only at Volkswagen but in other industries as well.
Dr Lesley Lee (right), head of the VWSA Learning Academy, with corporate trainee Nelisa Winti.