The students on the Skills Development programme were set up with the necessary requirements for studying and their university financial obligations were met. The programme leaders met with students collectively to discuss the requirements and expectations of the programme and the students have been mentored through the processes and stresses of university life.
The programme has grown significantly in 2017. Three students enrolled in courses at UKZN and one at UNISA at the start of the academic year and an expansion of the programme saw a number of young people enter learnerships in a number of disciplines such as welding.
An initiative to promote the Skills Development programme is about to launch in high schools in the Amaoti, Phoenix and Waterloo areas at the start of the third term. Sifiso Hlongwa of Domino Business and, until the end of 2016, a long-serving member of the Domino Foundation’s Life Skills team, will be addressing Grade 12 students in the schools on the whole scope of the Foundation’s programmes and activities and on the Skills Development programme. He will be accompanied by several of the young people who are currently on bursaries or learnerships through the Skills Development programme. They will encourage the high school students to consider what tertiary education opportunities they would like to access and to talk to the team about how they might go about fulfilling their dreams.
Discussions with the University of KwaZulu Natal have resulted in a career guidance programme being set up to help pupils on decision-making on their future careers and on how to apply to tertiary education institutions.