Grade 11 students from Christel House South Africa, a non-profit no-fee school in Ottery, Cape Town, recently visited a number of organisations as part of their job shadowing programme. The school offers no-fee scholarships to students from severely under-resourced communities on the Cape Flats and support them for 19 years (Grade RR to Grade 12 and five years post matric) through character-based and career-focused education. The aim of the job shadowing programme is to offer these students valuable exposure to various careers but also to offer them networking opportunities with the companies they visit.
Krishana B, a Grade 11 student at Christel House SA visited Mane/ Deli Spices, one of the leading seasoning and additive blend suppliers to the Sub-Saharan food industry. She says, “My job shadowing experience was amazing. I visited the different departments and learnt about how spices, food and sweets are made. I would consider becoming a Food Technologist now.”
Christel House SA’s Career Development department works with each student to identify and develop a personalised career path. After matriculating, alumni are fully supported and mentored through their tertiary education and/or apprenticeships until they are firmly established in the work force.
Officially, almost half of South Africa’s youth are not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). Unofficially, using the expanded definition and surveys, that number is an alarming 70%. In comparison, Christel House SA’s NEET rate is currently 11%, demonstrating the value of its holistic education model.
“We work with students as young as Grade RR (4-year-olds) to be career focused and once they reach High School, we guide them into setting a career path for themselves. Through experiences like job shadowing, companies are doing so much more than exposing our students to careers and allowing them to network, they allow our students to dream big. Our students all come from under resourced communities, so once they do eventually find gainful employment and become successful, they have achieved our mission: to break the cycle of poverty,“ says Louise de Marillac st Julien, Career Development Manager at Christel House SA.
Christel House SA would like to express their gratitude to the following organisations for hosting their Grade 11 students for job shadowing: Actuarial Society of South Africa, Blue Label Telecoms, Cape Grace Hotel, Deli spice/Mane, Groote Schuur Hospital, Manenberg People’s Centre, Mazars, Peninsula Hotel, Rothko, Smollan, Telviva, Transaction Junction, Fairbridges Wertheim Becker and the South African National Defence Force.
If you are interested in providing internship, learnership, vacation work or employment opportunities for Christel House SA students, please contact their Career Development Department at 021 704 9441/2 or 084 580 4081.