There is a very big need for our students to be well equipped in the work force. We as Cool Campus took it upon ourselves to go to two companies that can help young people with this. As Oliver Tambo put it “A nation that does not invest in its youth does not invest in its future”. We went to the SA army because we believe in the discipline that they teach and we believe it will help with life skills in life as a whole. We also looked into Boxer superstores; they have a great program that can help young people have the beneficial skills of communication and team work.
1. The SA’s Army Military Skills Development System
I asked SA army about their program and this is what they said,” The SA Army, through its Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is offering young South African citizens an opportunity to serve in uniform over a two-year period. The Military Skills Development System is a two-year voluntary service system with the long term goal of enhancing the SA National Defense Force’s deployment capability.”
What will be included in the training or how is the training going to be carried out?
“MSDS Candidates will be appointed in a specific corps career and will be called up to a Training Unit, where members will complete their Basic Military Training, Corps Functional Training, in the first year and be utilized and deployed in the second year of the MSDS.”
What are the requirements?
“Be a SA Citizen, MSDS Applicants must be between the ages of 18-22 years, MSDS Graduates up to the age of 25 years, successfully completed Grade 12, Not be area bound, have no record of criminal offense, preferably Single, comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF, be prepared to serve in uniform, undergo Basic Military and Functional Train.”
Can you please tell me more about the training?
The SA Army’s mandate focuses on the provisioning of combat ready forces and plays a leading role in landward operations. Training will be decentralized to operational units where members will be appointed to undergo Basic Military Training, Corps training and deployment.MSDS applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 22 to be considered.Applicants who are in possession of a post Grade 12 qualification (Degree, Diploma or N6) must be between the ages of 18 to 25 may also be considered.Successful applicants will be required to serve in uniform and undergo Military Training. Only applicants who have passed Grade 12 may apply and must not be older than the age as stipulated above on the date of reporting for training.
How can interested parties apply?
Any interested South African student can get the application form on our websitewww.army.mil.za they should also attach the following: certified copies of ID document, Grade 12 certificate or Post grade 12 qualifications and CV must accompany this application form to SA Army Recruiting they should send it to Private Bag X 981, Pretoria 0001
Who can they contact for enquires?
Administrative enquiries can be directed to the SA Army Recruitment Center at (012) 355 1438 or (012) 355 1420. If you are interested in the Military Skills Development System in the SA Army, please complete the coupon with the requested documentation enclosed and post it to: SA Army HQ, Dir. Army HR, SA Army Recruiting Centre, Private Bag x981, Pretoria, 0001.
2. Boxer skill development program
This remarkable youth development initiative was created as a tool to positively empower the minds of future leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, doctors etc., of this beautiful country.
Are there any other companies or organizations that have contributed to this program?
Yes – financial service provider, Nedbank.
What will be included in the program?
The forty-five lucky students chosen nationwide are taught how to build rafts, abseil down a mountain, cross a river safely and so much more. Over and above those fun activities, the fabulous forty-five are taught the value of team work as well as how to develop as an individual.
How long has the program being existing?
It has been in existence for eleven years.
What are the requirements?
You must be in grade 9, 10 or eleven. You must write a 500 hundred essay titled ““If I were elected South Africa’s next president, what would I do for my country?”
So where can young people apply for this exciting opportunity?
They can go to their nearest Boxer store and get a free application form.
It is truly amazing what companies are doing for young South Africans in skill development. I think it is all in our choice to grab these opportunities. And remember aim for the sun, if you don’t make it will land on the stars.
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