Cell C’s Take A Girl Child To Work Day® has wrapped up its final workshop, equipping learners with knowledge and experience of the fields of study they need to progress into their future plans, and also guidance in their chosen career paths.
This year’s initiative not only repeated 2019’s theme of #MoreThanADay, ensuring learners had three workshops rather than one in which to glean information and guidance from Cell C and its corporate and government partners, but also included boy learners for the first time in the programme’s history.
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges for Take A Girl Child To Work Day®, disallowing visits to corporate campuses and government headquarters, which learners in the past had been able to experience. Cell C took up the challenge, implementing virtual seminars that allowed learners to access expertise and knowledge from both Cell C staff and partners. All workshops, which took place at Orange Farm and John Orr schools, observed COVID-19 protocols, ensuring the safety of all participants.
Cell C’s final Take A Girl Child To Work Day® workshop also included a surprise visit for learners from the Cell C Sharks.
Fullback Aphelele Fassi, centre Jeremy Ward and flanker Tera Mtembu helped close out Cell C’s educational programme with a motivational talk on how to tackle their futures.
The final workshop’s theme was empowerment – providing the learners with the skills and knowledge to take the next steps beyond education into working life. The workshop introduced them to networking, applying for internships, job shadowing, building professional skills and how to construct a solid CV through Cell C’s holistic online educational platform CellCgirl.
“I am looking forward to receiving the certificate from Cell C which shows that I've once participated in Cell C’s Take A Girl Child To Work Day because honestly that certificate is very much valuable to me as add some points into my CV,” says Orange Farm learner, Brian Mokoroane.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity which CellC gave us and I'm just hoping Cell C will be there for our younger brothers and sisters,” he says.
“This workshop did not only teach me about goal setting and different careers, it also helped me. I learnt so much about what I want and myself,” says John Orr learner Lesego Mailula. “I want to see how much of an impact the workshop will have in my future. I'm happy that I was part of it.”
“With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Take A Girl Child To Work Day® initiative was our most challenging yet,” says Juliet Mhango, Cell C’s Human Capital Development and Transformation Chief Officer.
“We’re proud to have been able to help learners in this incredibly trying time and we look forward to doing the same next year,” she says.