These pupils - from Himalaya Secondary School, Hoërskool Silverton and Modiri Technical High - were visiting Saab as part of its annual Take a Girl Child to Work-day. This day offers girls an interactive experience where they are treated to career advice and insights into a specific company in order to gain valuable insight into their anticipated career path.
Saab South Africa, with its specialised focus on defence and security technology, draws particular interest from pupils who plan to follow a career in engineering – however, as was highlighted on the day, a career path at Saab doesn’t need to be pigeon holed to include those in the engineering field alone.
From system engineering to electronic engineering and the finer aspects of microchip development were covered on the day, with emphasis also placed on career opportunities in the communication and administrative fields at Saab.
Learners were taken on a tour of the Saab facilities where they got the opportunity to observe the major advances of 3D printing, defence utilities and microwave facilities – a highlight for many of the learners.
Mrs. Betty Phoshoko, who teaches Life Orientation at Modiri Technical High, said that experiences like the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative provide invaluable guidance to her pupils. “It is of particular relevance to pupils from Modiri Technical, where we teach mechanical, electronic and civil engineering. I will definitely bring another group next year.”
Apart from inspiring a career path, Saab’s Take a Girl Child to Work-day also inspired learners on an aspirational level.
Lehlogonolo Dithole, who is in the 11th grade at Himalaya Secondary Schoool, commented: “This day has inspired me to learn more and study harder. It was great.”