CHIETA’s Training Programme Testimonials

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  • November 29, 2019
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CHIETA’s Training Programme Testimonials

We recently spoke to some individuals who have gone through the CHIETA’s training programmes, to learn more about their journey to success. Here are some of their stories…

Nyambeni Tshivhase
  • What is your name?
    My name is Nyambeni Tshivhase.
  • What is your current role?
    I’m currently working as an Operator Trainer.
  • When did you study and qualify as Chemical Plant Operator?
    In 2016 I qualified as a Chemical PlantOperator at Vhembe TVET college.
  • How did you find out about the training program?
    My study mate told me about the programme and I decided to apply.
  • What did you enjoy the most about the course?
    What I enjoyed most was the fact that the programme was well presented and explained by the teachers at Vhembe College.
  • What are the pros and cons of your role as a Chemical Plant Operator?
    A pro is that the position offers excellent salary and benefits a con is that we work in potentially hazardous working conditions.
  • Since you qualified, what have been some of your career highlights as a Chemical Plant Operator?
    One of my highlights is being appointed as a Chemical Plant Operator trainee at Cahora Group Shayandima in 2017, it was a milestone for me in my career path.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is interested in a career in the chemicals sector?
    In my experience I would say that time management, dedication and focus are key to achieving your goals in the chemical industry.
Themba Pertunia Tenyeko
  • What is your name?
    My name is Themba Pertunia Tenyeko
  • What is your current role?
    I’m currently working as a Chemical Plant Operator and my role is to monitor all processes and be able to implement corrective actions.
  • When did you study and qualify as Chemical Plant Operator?
    After completing my matric in the year 2011, I heard on the radio about chemical manufacturing skills programs taking place at Capricorn TVET so I started with them leading me to NQFs.
  • How did you find out about the training programme?
    A friend of mine told me about the programme and I decided to apply.
  • What did you enjoy the most about the course?
    I enjoy working under pressure and working in a team.
  • What are the pros and cons of your role as a Chemical Plant Operator?
    Some of the pros are: excellent pay and benefits, intellectually stimulating work and mixed job prospect. A con is the potentially hazardous working conditions
  • Since you qualified, what have been some of your career highlights as a Chemical Plant Operator?
    One of my highlights is working as a Chemical Operator Trainee at Polokwane Chemicals in 2017.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is interested in a career in the chemicals sector?
    My advice to someone who is interested in the field is that dedication and hard work are important. Always monitor how you use your time and focus should be their main key.
Venus Mkhabela
  • What is your name?
    My name is Venus Mkhabela. 
  • What is your current role?
    I am working as a Chemical Plant Operations trainee. 
  • When did you study and qualify as Chemical Plant Operator?
    I studied Chemical Plant Operations and finished in 2016. I applied for practicals at Mawasha Chemicals.  I was trained as a Chemical Plant Operator intern for a year, from the 9th of January up to the 15th March 2018. I was also enrolled for Chemical Manufacturing level 2 Certificate and Chemical operations level 3 Certificate.  
  • How did you find out about the training programme?
    My aunt from Modjadjiskloof told me about Mawasha Chemicals. Then I did my research about the company for more information.
  • What did you enjoy the most about the course?
    It was an interesting journey yet very challenging because it requires hard work and dedication. The ability to work carefully and follow instructions is important. I enjoyed working as a team and acquiring the different skills that are required for the workplace. I have gained the required experience in order for me to work as a Chemical Plant Operator. 
  • Since you qualified, what have been some of your career highlights as a Chemical Plant Operator?
    Meeting different people, the ability to learn more about how the company functions.  Working under pressure to reach the company goals and the variety of projects we were working on. Assisting in planning and improving processes and product quality. 
  • What advice would you give to someone who is interested in a career in the chemicals sector?
    I would definitely advise them to go for the chemical sector because there are better opportunities.  The chemical sector offers great growth and development opportunities.  He/ she can be better equipped to enter the world of the workplace.  There are a lot of tremendous benefits in the chemical sector.