As a result of Covid shutdowns and the economic effects globally, it was predicted that demand for passenger vehicles will shrink by approximately 14% in 2020. Despite the decline in the global market, VW McCarthy Parow opted to offer permanent employment for False Bay TVET College graduates Samantha Landelwa Matebe and Eunithia Tshemese.
From 2013-2015, these ladies were completing their National Certificate Vocational Programmes in Automotive Repair and Maintenance at the False Bay TVET College, Khayelitsha Campus.
Due to their determination and academic results, they were provided MERSETA apprenticeships with VW McCarthy Parow from September 2016.
Now with their practical work experience completed, these ladies are on the cusp of completing their Trade-tested qualifications by the end of this year.
Samantha is currently working as a Quality Controller and Eunithia as a Technician, under the leadership of Service Manager, Ferdi Mouton.
Mr Mouton, a Golden Circle Award winner for Service Management said “Being in the male-dominant Motor Industry since 1992, one at time need to stand back to see how the landscape has changed.
Certainly, so with the decision to appoint two Female students in our Workshop.
I think I can speak for everyone in the Service Department (Workshop, Frontline and Parts), that having Eunithia and Samantha as part of the team brought new energy, but also new synergies, not least, breaking down barriers.
Through their tenure at McCarthy Volkswagen Parow, they remained positive and kept to the programme diligently.
Eunithia and Samantha show what can be achieved through the commitment of the student, but also a committed educational institution such as False Bay TVET College.”
Since 2015, from an almost zero base, female registrations in motor mechanics are 25% up over the 5 years of overall class groups.
Jeremy Moketsi, False Bay TVET College Programme Head for Motor Mechanics at False Bay TVET College said “We recognise McCarthy Volkswagen Parow as a very important stakeholder within our programmes and welcome the dealership as a gateway to success for our students.
We have found that McCarthy Volkswagen Parow like us is passionate about transforming the motor vehicle industry by providing support and introducing female students into engineering apprentice programmes”.
BIDVest McCarthy Volkswagen thrives on creating a unique, quality experience for their customers. Recently named as one of the five winners in the Western Cape in the category Club of Excellence Awards as Dealers of the Year.
No back-yard operation, the integration of False Bay TVET College students into their award-winning business is a testament to the quality of students the College produces.
Thanks for MerSeta, who is geared to increase access to high quality and relevant skills development and training opportunities to reduce inequalities and unemployment and to promote employability and participation in the economy. MerSeta has facilitated an integral part in establishing relationships between the College and motor vehicle industry.
Roshin Schmidt: False Bay TVET College- Marketing Officer