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- Generous donations received to advance the ideals of TUT’s Centre for New Venture Creation have ensured many young entrepreneurs setting up businesses in the Limpopo Province, where unemployment is rife. The Centre, which was established at TUT’s Polokwane Campus in 2001, aims, among others, at facilitating the establishment of viable small businesses that will ultimately lead to wealth creation through a Certificate Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. The programme targets previously disadvantaged communities to facilitate their successful entry into the business community.
- TUT, recognising the critical need for trained day-care workers and an opportunity to create employment, launched one of its most successful community service projects. The project involves day-care worker training, consisting of an intensive ten-week training course. The project grows from strength to strength, thanks to numerous donations solicited by the Advancement Office.
- The Department of Crop Sciences at TUT has established a small-scale farming demonstration unit in Honingnestkrantz, north of Pretoria, and has developed an intensive three-week course for training small-scale farmers in basic agriculture. The demonstration unit mirrors the conditions farmers have to cope with in practice. The course is offered free of charge. The success of the unit can largely be ascribed to the financial involvement of a range of stakeholders partnering TUT in the project.
- The Information Technology Banking Learnership Programme (ITBLP) is the first IT banking learnership to be registered in the country. This programme aims at meeting the dire need for skilled human resources in the IT and banking sectors. This project also marks the first major collaborative partnership in the country between IT solutions providers and the banking sector.
- Government aims at ensuring that the best Mathematics and Science teachers are trained in order to stem the high failure rate among learners in the country. The Train-the-Trainer project at our Polokwane Campus supports government in this drive and it aims at assisting teachers in new ways of facilitating Maths and Science classes, supporting a culture of teaching and solving problems common to Maths and Science teachers. To date, a large number of teachers have benefited from the programme, and its impact is evident in the results of learners in those two subjects.