After today’s horrific news of a woman being killed and 17 people injured in a stampede at the University of Johannesburg, the AA advises matric students to look at other tertiary education options in 2012.
There is a perception that should you not be accepted into University you will not get a job. Many people think they leave school and can only become a doctor, teacher, engineer, accountant, lawyer or business person but many don’t think about being a mechanic.
“This is due to the stigma associated with the name mechanic,” says Werner Wandrey, National Technical Training Manager of the AA Technical College. “A good technical college gives practical technical exposure as well as theoretical knowledge, which makes the student more employable.
“The key to any education is employability – this means practical job exposure and work experience. An apprenticeship or learnership gives you the best of 3 worlds: theory learning, practical bridging or application and actual work place exposure – these combined give you far better chances of being employed,” continues Wandrey.
Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande said that SA’s post-school education system needed to embed a system by which students were guaranteed on-the-job experience.
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