A partnership between energy group BP and the University of the Witwatersrand has given rise to a R105 million investment across the next 6 years in an effort to develop, train, and equip South African youth. The program endeavors to develop a pipeline of skilled and competent professionals.
The Targeting Talent Programme compliments the governments socio-economic empowerment goals and will benefit more than 900 talented grade 10 to 12 students from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga rural schools between now and 2018. The programme has been running for 6 year and thus far has made it easier for countless individuals to bridge the gap between high school and university over this period.
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters praised the programme and partnership between BP and the University of the Witwatersrand and all the assistance and helps it has provided to South Africa youth who continue to find it hard to gain access to university. “This programme is adding value to lives.”
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) takes a difference approach to education and training, and provides holistic talent development hoping that this will be helpful to South African younger generation to steer clear of the countless negative influences they face in their daily lives. The programme objective is to boost academic, social and psychological preparation of gifted students.
The programme takes place during school holidays running over a 2-3 year period. During this time period, students cover their entire academic curriculum. Subjects such as Maths, Information Technology and Molecular Literacy are some of the subjects taken. The programme helps to inspire learners and build their self-confidence in addition to preparing them to enroll at a local college or university.
Preparing learners for the future
The programme is an initiative that will help and assist to create and develop South African youth to enable them to go into the job market having an entrepreneurial flair. In addition, it prepares and equips young adults to enter the work environment.
Currently, South Africa is undergoing a transformation whereby various skills are required to support the country’s infrastructure building and government goals. The programme hopes produce individuals who will choose to enter areas of study that compliment the government infrastructure goals.
Professor Loyiso Nongxa, a former Wits vice chancellor and TTP founder, commented that the program is extremely personal him and is an instrument that could be employed to address societal challenges such as inequality.
BP chairperson Thandi Orleyn expressed that the company’s backing and investment in this program is to address the developmental needs and requirements of the country.