The Discover Your Career In Valves programme, implemented by D3 and supported by VAMCOSA and SAMPEC members aims to support learners at Fumana High School through mentorship, company site visits and career days to empower learners to make informed decisions about their future career opportunities in the technical fields.
On 11 August a number of companies opened their doors to learners from Fumana High School, offering the youth a first-hand experience of the work environment at some of the province’s most advanced local manufacturing facilities. Seven companies participated in this event, including RGR Technologies, Tega Industries, Ainsworth Engineering, Premier Valves, Dual Valves, Paltech Technologies and Roytec.
Learners enjoyed the hospitality of some of our industry leaders in manufacturing and fabrication. The driving objective behind offering learners the opportunity to witness the manufacturing process, as implemented by some of the country’s leading manufacturers, is to allow learners to see the application of the skills and knowledge gained in class. By so doing, programme organisers hope to encourage learners to feel empowered and encouraged to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry.
Partner companies provided just this experience for learners. Tega Industries offered learners insight into the critical role that boilermakers, fitters and turners and draughtsman play at the company and in the industry as well as showing them their manufacturing facilities and exposing them to their highly skilled and dedicated workforce.
RGR offered learners the opportunity to witness the operation of their large-scale state-of-the-art vertical machine, to everybody’s enjoyment. Ainsworth Engineering set the learners a full day programme that included valve demonstrations and a visit to their workshop, where learners had the opportunity to see professionals welding, turning, valve fitting and testing the company’s products as well as operating equipment including lathes, vertical and horizontal boring mills and CNC machines.
D3 facilitates a mentorship programme at Fumana High School and the site visits offer learners the opportunity to see some of their mentors in their work environment. Trust Mpho, a mentor from Dual Valves, has worked extensively with Fumana learners, enjoyed the opportunity to show his learners around the workshop, offering them the chance to witness the fabrication process first hand. Paltech Technologies mentor Conrad Atsell has a similarly positive experience, stating “It’s great to know that the teachers are interested in the development of the learners and can also share today’s experience with other learners making critical career choices in the future.”
AVK Valves Manufacturing offered learners the opportunity to witness all the steps that need to be followed in the valve manufacturing process, from shot blasting, bonnet and wedge assembly, powder coating, assembly and pressure testing. The programme also included a visit to the Premier Valve Engineering workshop, where scholars learned about the wide range of products produced by the company and enjoyed engaging with staff at the site.
Roytec hosted two female Matric learners. These young ladies were introduced to the company with an overview of the organisational structure of Roytec, including some insight into the various internal departments and the interaction between disciplines. The young women had the opportunity to interact with graduate engineers and the sales and marketing team, providing them with some strong role models. Roytec went out of their way to provide these learners with a holistic experience and included them in a corporate meeting and offered them the rare opportunity to access the research and development laboratories.
Lara Slogrove, programme organiser and D3 managing director, expressed her gratitude to the businesses that participated in this flagship programme.
“Thank you to all the companies that take part in this initiative and expose our youth to what happens in the business world. I can personally see the learners make great leaps in their personal development and learning through these critical interactions with the working world. The learners show so much enthusiasm during these site visits, which is evident in their eagerness to follow careers in various technical fields that they did not know existed before our project.”