23 YEARS OLD
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THE COURSE?
I studied electrical infrastructure and construction in college for three years. Then I started doing electronic repairs in my community; repairing TVs, stereos and other electronic appliances.
WHAT DID YOU GAIN FROM THE TRAINING PROGRAM?
My mother taught me to be brave, go out and explore the world. I came into the learnership determined to enhance myself and improve my skill set, and it was worth the time and effort. In the course I learnt a variety of practical techniques; working with fabric, glass and wood. I also developed my design thinking and business knowledge. I’ve learnt how to deal with clients and prioritise their needs.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM?
My favorite part of the course was learning technical skills; especially sewing. I learnt how to make hats, masks, bags and all kinds of other great products. I am very comfortable using a sewing machine now and I enjoy making things from scratch. I am proud of the final products I’ve made, and my best work has been making the hats and bags.
WHAT WILL YOU TAKE FORWARD WITH YOU INTO THE FUTURE?
The design thinking and entrepreneurial skills equipped me with knowledge for developing and managing my own business. I want to use my electrical skills with the new skills I’ve learnt to bring the circular economy to life in my own community.
I’ve been exposed to new ideas and ways of doing things with electronic waste which I can use in my business. My mind has been expanded through the upcycling process. It has changed how I see the things around me. I now look at waste and see a resource.
I’ve also learnt that my positive attitude is one of my best characteristics. It kept me coming back during the course and will help me succeed in my future.