140 unemployed learners from the community graduate with impressive results

A partnership between Tellumat and the Media, Information and Communication Technologies (MICT) SETA saw 140 unemployed youth from the Atlantis community achieve their certificates in Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) on 22 April 2015. 156 learners registered for the programme of which 140 learners completed the full course. Tellumat, together with MICT SETA, funded 140 learners and Tellumat funded a further 16 learners to complete the FLC and Work Readiness programmes that were run by Media Works.

The group achieved a pass rate of 84%. The top three performing learners are Nimré Bianca Abrahams, Bonita Precilla Dietrich and Fureal Melisa Khan.

Tellumat is an electronic technology company that has been operating in the Western Cape since 1964. Previously the company was part of the Plessey Group, but since 1998 it has operated under the name Tellumat. During this time the company provided employment for members of the Atlantis community in the Tellumat TV factory. This factory was closed in April 2014, but because of the close relationship that Tellumat has with the Atlantis community, the company decided to initiate this learnership programme in the area.

This will now allow the learners to progress further with their studies in their chosen trade through the West Coast College, as FLC is a part qualification for trades and occupations. The studies through the college will be completely funded by West Coast College – a truly generous and noteworthy commitment that all the learners will be forever grateful for.

The project was opened to all unemployed youth in the Atlantis community in October 2014. They were invited to attend Assessment days to apply and to complete an FLC readiness assessment. Successful applicants were then enrolled for the FLC programme. It ran full time for four months from November 2014 to February 2015 at the Protea Park Primary School hall in Atlantis.

The FLC programme was specifically designed to uplift the literacy and numeracy skills of new entrants to the workplace as well as those of existing employees. It fits within the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QTCO) framework to ensure the availability, relevance and quality of occupational qualifications in order to meet industry needs. "It is not just another training course. It is as important as a Matric qualification. You cannot do a trade or occupational training without it," commented Jackie Carroll, CEO of Media Works, a specialist adult education and training provider.

The MICT SETA is responsible for skills development in the Advertising, Electronic Media and Film, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors and their subsectors. It intends to engage in learning programmes that lead to employment and new venture creation, whilst at the same time engaging in programmes that assist in bridging the digital divide especially in rural areas.

For more information, please visit www.tellumat.comwww.mict.org.za and www.mediaworks.co.za