Empowering individuals and communities
Limited access to opportunity remains one of the greatest scourges in South Africa. Lack of education, poor resources and inadequate infrastructure characterise many communities. To combat disadvantage, Tellumat engages with individuals and their communities to provide skills development programmes. We believe that once individuals are provided with the opportunity to study and develop their skills, they are ready to not only take advantage of opportunities but also to begin forging their own and inspiring others.
Atlantis community project
Workplace readiness programme
Lack of education, limited access to resources and poor infrastructure are some of the challenges hampering economic development in Atlantis. Having operated a manufacturing plant for some years in Atlantis, Tellumat completed a skills development programme to help alleviate the skills shortage in Atlantis and surrounding areas. We partnered with Media Work and the MICT Media Information and Communication Technologies (MICT) SETA and other stakeholders to provide a workplace readiness and foundational learning programme.
Approximately 150 young people between 18 and 25 had the opportunity to study and equip themselves for further tertiary studies while earning a stipend. Candidates successfully completing the foundational learning programme are eligible to study any of the technical and vocational education and training qualifications (TVET) offered by the West Coast College.
Creating opportunities for young hearing-impaired people
Tellumat boosted the career opportunities of many of Worcester’s disabled and unemployed with a sponsorship of multimedia and work readiness training for 50 of the city’s hearing impaired. Our commitment was to invest in and give back to communities, for which we have the expertise and experience.
We learnt from our upliftment programme in Atlantis just how much difference such a programme can make. We recognised the dire unemployment in the Worcester area and the need to create opportunities. Our objective was to provide Worcester’s hearing impaired with skills to make them more employable, providing opportunity where currently it is very limited – according to the National Institute for the Deaf (NID), unemployment among the hearing impaired can be as high as 90%.
Our programme was designed to upskill young hearing impaired people in the Worcester community and put them on a training path to matric or even college level, empowering them to be out there in the field – working, earning and growing.
The programme was undertaken in partnership with MICT SETA (funder) and the NID (facilities), with Mediaworks facilitating the training. Founded in 1881, the NID is the only facility in South Africa and Africa providing services to deaf people and people with hearing loss. It offers specialised care, education and training to empower and restore human dignity.
The training is fully accredited, with unit standards covered including subjects involving all types of media and other technology. Learners received instruction in Maths Level 1 to 4 and Communication Level 1 to 4 as part of learning to prepare themselves for the workplace and the process of finding employment.
Internal bursary scheme
Building intellectual capacity for business, engineering and scientific research and development
Our bursary scheme provides financial support to employee dependants with limited resources for tertiary studies. Over the years, we have awarded numerous bursaries for diplomas and degrees in Commerce, Engineering, IT, and Science.
A culture of continuous learning and professional development
Creating tomorrow’s electronic technology solutions today requires a dynamic workforce imbued with the mindset of continuous learning – whether on the job or through further studies. In addition to our cooperation with key customer education initiatives, Tellumat funds postgraduate and PhD studies at select higher learning institutions.
Tellumat is active in industry forums. Developing individuals who are appropriately skilled to serve our country is extremely important to us. We can often help bridge the gap between foundational theory and practical application in a specialised environment.