5 March 2013:
Being a female in the motoring industry has its challenges, but that has not stopped Shereen Mokalapa, who at the young age of 25 is a qualified auto-electrician. Growing up, Shereen was obsessed with taking things apart and fixing them. After Matric she found a job in logistics, but her heart was set on working on cars, and that was when she decided to study to become an artisan so that she could begin to live her dream.
She heard about the AA Technical College through her employer, and in February 2012 she enrolled to become an apprentice through the College. The course took eight weeks and by the end of April 2012 she was a qualified auto-electrician.
“The course changed my life. The equipment and tools provided for us were state of the art and the professionalism and high standards of the trainers at the College set the standard for my future career path,” says Shereen.
Before the course, Shereen was working but did not feel she had a clear direction for the way forward in her job. “The course reignited my passion, and gave me back the confidence and desire I needed to have a fulfilling career. It’s all about passion and dedication, and the course took me from knowing nothing to where I am now: a skilled artisan.”
“The apprenticeship programme gives our learners the skills for personal growth and helps them to grow into skilled and sought after employees,” says the Automobile Association (AA). “Learners have the ability to become experts in their field and, down the line, the opportunity to open their own business.”
Shereen wants to study further to become a qualified technician and later an auto-electrical specialist, and both these options are available from the AA Technical College. After a full apprenticeship, learners are considered to be qualified artisans with a nationally recognised trade certificate behind their name. The course generally takes two to four, sometimes even five years to complete, depending on company policies and personal dedication and effort.
“If I have any advice for aspiring artisans out there it would be to never give up on your dream and stay dedicated - hard work truly does pay off,” concludes Shereen.
Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
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