Men in the making

1time gives school boys a peek into the cockpit

Jetsetters from Sizwe High School in Elandsfontein, Kempton Park get their hands on a Boeing's controls
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South Africa has a long way to go in creating its targeted five million jobs by 2020, in the wake of Statistics South Africa recently reporting that only 624 000 jobs have been created since 2001. 

With total employment increasing by an average of 0.5% per annum over the past decade, much more still needs to be done to encourage job creation to accelerate economic growth. 

In particular, young people need to be encouraged to pursue careers in a variety of industries including the corporate world, aviation and engineering sectors.

 Recognising this need, 1time Airline recently provided firsthand exposure of its operations to students from Sizwe Secondary School in Elandsfontein, Kempton Park. 

The initiative formed part of the Men in the Making programme, a Tracker initiative that aims to help raise responsible young men by introducing them to role models, career guidance, mentoring, guidance and support, and lifeskills development. 

Thirty students, ranging from grades 10 to 12, participated in the programme, shadowing 1time employees in their daily work routine, including company chief executive officer, Blacky Komani. 

He says the airline was very proud to be involved with the initiative and hopes the opportunity would spur these young men on to a career in aviation. 

“By providing real-life exposure to our everyday work environment, we hope we have contributed to the career interests of these young men. 

“One of the Grade 10 students has already applied for a position at 1time in 2015 when he is done with school, and we look forward to seeing the other students’ CVs in the future as well,” Komani adds.
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