Saasveld Forestry stu­dents look­ing for ex­pe­ri­en­tial train­ing

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

THE Ge­orge Cam­pus of the Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity (Saasveld) has 13 forestry stu­dents still need­ing plac­ing in in­dus­try for the ex­pe­ri­en­tial train­ing part of their sec­ond-year stud­ies (April to De­cem­ber).

The stu­dents can­not grad­u­ate if they do not un­der­take this ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

The cam­pus is try­ing to ob­tain stipends for the stu­dents from the FP&M SETA which will as­sist em­ploy­ers in sub­si­dis­ing the costs in­volved in host­ing them.

How­ever, should this not be forth­com­ing, em­ploy­ers are un­der no obli­ga­tion to pro­vide their own stipend.

Given the fact that many of these stu­dents come from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds, em­ploy­ers are en­cour­aged to do so.

Forestry South Africa urges em­ploy­ers who have not al­ready ac­cepted stu­dents and who could be in a po­si­tion to take these stu­dents, to do so as this will not only as­sist the stu­dents them­selves (they can­not grad­u­ate if they do not un­der­take this ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing) but, in the medi­umterm, the in­dus­try it­self.

Em­ploy­ers who are will­ing to help can con­tact Ti­aan Pool on ti­aan.pool@ man­dela.ac.za or 072 3742347 or Ri­aan Bas­son on ri­aan­bas­son2@gmail.com or

074 7180051.

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