It is not every day that you get to read positive and heartwarming stories in the news.
It’s also not common that a young woman from a disadvantaged community gets a chance to fully follow her dreams. Meet Bronwyn Michaels from Blikkiesdorp in Delft who has received artisan training at Motus, South Africa’s leading automotive group.
For most, it would come as a surprise that Bronwyn chose a career as technical as being an artisan. Her interest peaked when she heard about the opportunity from her principal that Motus was looking for an apprentice. With no technical background, Motus taught her everything needed to be the best in the field. The artisan training is mostly about performing specific tasks such as fault-finding, manufacturing, repair and servicing. Traditionally, a career like this was largely male-dominated.
For Motus, skills development is not just undertaken at a school level. Through these road safety, community- and skills development programmes – Motus is facilitating a legacy of success for millions of South Africans.
Continuing the theme of community upliftment, Motus is also investing in a comprehensive literacy programme through the 35 library resource centres they have constructed, mostly in poverty-stricken areas. In addition to children learning to read, teachers are able to access electronic CAPS-related content to augment their lesson plans.
With a renewed sense of self, Bronwyn is determined to make the most of what she has learned at the academy.