VW gives prac­ti­cal skills to stu­dents

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY -

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.

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