At the Hosken Consolidated Investment (HCI) Foundation Bursary Office Institution workshop in July at Encore, Leon Beech, Northlink TVET College Principal, delivered an inspirational address to the 22 students who have been selected to receive bursaries for their studies at the Northlink College Tygerberg, Bellville, Goodwood, Belhar and Wingfield Campus.

The HCI Foundation is the corporate social investment arm of HCI, a black empowerment investment company that has its origins in South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union.

The Foundation will be funding 75% of their course fees and the funding will be divided in the following way:
• 11 students doing PC Technician at Tygerberg Campus
• 3 students doing Hospitality at Tygerberg Campus
• 3 students doing Mechanical Engineering at Bellville and Goodwood Campus
• 5 students doing Electrical and installation rules at Belhar and Wingfield Campus

Principal Beech encouraged them to strive towards their goal by sharing his own challenging upbringing with them. He made reference to the fact that he started out by sweeping workshops which inspired him to become competent in a trade. He said that however not having papers kept him behind and started studying part-time. This was not easy but he was inspired to complete qualification.

“So do take care of this opportunity. Take these steps now to see that you are in demand. And most important, SUCCEED,” said Principal Beech

He also alluded to the fact that a student needs to address your soft skills. How you present yourself and how you speak also very important.

“We need you to also be an ambassador for Northlink,” Principal Beech added.

Jamala Safari, General Manager: Development and Bursaries at HCI Foundation, thanked Mr Beech for making the time to come and address the students. He told the students: “You should be very privileged to have the Principal of such a prestigious institution address you as it is a very rare occurrence.”

The College looks forward to expanding and strengthening this new-found partnership with the HCI Foundation.

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