It was a day of festivities on Thursday (30 October) as 11 graduates celebrated the culmination of their year-long learnerships at NATIVE VML.
Nine of the 11 completed a Systems Development NQF 5 learnership and the other two completed an End-User Computing NQF 3 course.
“Harnessing young talent is the first reason many businesses implement learnerships and we truly have some great new talent coming into the NATIVE VML ranks,” says Vanessa Gibb, HR manager NATIVE VML. “This learnership programme has assisted these graduates develop industry-specific skills and general work readiness.”
She says that learnerships present a clear and practical solution to South Africa’s skills shortage, which mirrors a similar global trend, and requires a proactive approach. “We believe that a key benefit of learnership programmes is the potential to diversify the workforce, offering learnerships to school leavers who may not otherwise have had access to tertiary education.”
Several of the graduates have accepted permanent positions at Native VML as Junior Front-End Developers and some have been offered short term contracts at the agency.
Gibb congratulates the graduates on completing the learnership and encourages them to continue pursuing their dreams. “We will continue to assist the graduates not staying at NATIVE VML to find opportunities to continue a career in digital advertising, if that is their choice. We wish all the graduates the very best for the road that lies ahead,” she concludes.
Visit NATIVE VML’s Facebook page for pictures from the graduation event