Tutuka is the Zulu word for “growth” and in all that we do, growth is what we aspire to.
From growing in our services and offering, we aim at growing our staff, our potential and our client satisfaction. Part of this growth is also being able to grow the potential of our next generation of youngsters entering the work force.
Each year, Tutuka sponsors female pupils to attend the Star Schools Incubator Programme which enables organisations to “adopt” pupils into their companies over the holiday period, addressing both their own business needs and one of the country’s national upliftment priorities: the skills shortage crisis.
In this way, pupils are exposed to the high-quality educational materials and instruction they need to achieve success at both Matric and University level.
This year, Tutuka has sponsored eight female pupils as part of the programme who will be working with us during the year. Earlier this year, over April and July, Tutuka has also ensured that a group of these pupils aquired local training in CV writing, basic computer training, Microsoft Word training and customer service training.
We place specific emphasis on sponsoring female pupils as we believe that there is a need for females within this industry and we want to assist in empowering that need. This offers these pupils the opportunity to learn the ropes of the industry and the working world, as well as providing them with insight into what we do at Tutuka.
One pupil in grade 12 at Lenz Public School in Lenasia, Thulisile Mahlambi, said that she was grateful for the experience of working at Tutuka as it helped pave her way for the future. Although aspirant to pursue her studies in Civil Engineering next year, she said that working at Tutuka over the holiday period has prepared her for the working environment.
“I’ve learned a lot about communication and have had the opportunity to interact with many people, as well as learning many new things,” she said
“I am thinking of going into Civil Engineering one day, and even though I was not involved with that here at Tutuka, this experience has been a great training ground for me and I am so thankful for it.”
Ultimately, the Star Schools Incubator Programme is about developing future employees from the communities that surround us, while also responding to the country’s critical skills shortfall and as Tutuka, we are in full support of this initiative.