VUT PARTNERS WITH ACCOUNTING GIANTS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE WORLD OF WORK
By: Themba Nyovane – 31 July 2023
VUT Accountancy Department staff with the SAICA representatives
Recently, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) partnered with the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) to conduct a comprehensive Work Readiness Skills Training Program for students within the Department of Accountancy.
The program was primarily aimed at equipping students with essential skills and knowledge needed in the workplace. Throughout the workshop, distinguished speakers from various firms addressed students, covering topics such as fundamental workplace skills, professionalism, and ethical conduct.
The program served as an eye-opener for students; it helped them understand the practical application of skills that employers’ value, including adaptability, time-management, and problem-solving abilities. It also gave the students an opportunity to interact or network with potential employers in the accounting field.
Delivering the welcoming address was Dr Johannes Maseko, Head of the Department (HoD) stressed the importance of the training in preparing students for their future careers. He expressed gratitude to both VUT and SAIGA for their longstanding collaboration, which has been instrumental in providing relevant skills to accounting students and fostering opportunities for their professional development.
Mr Sello Malatsi from the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as one of the distinguished guests took the podium to emphasize the significance of work readiness, particularly for graduates seeking employment. He also mentioned that “SAICA, being a prominent accountancy body in South Africa, offers support services to over 50,000 members and associates who are chartered accountants. Their partnership with the University includes various projects, research support, free training to students, and the creation of internships and learnerships.”
Meanwhile, Mr Gift Lwandile Dude from MGI RAS firm highlighted the increasing demand for soft skills in the workforce. He emphasized the importance of positive attitude and collaboration in achieving excellent work performance, recognizing that individual differences are what set individuals apart.
Lastly, the Human Resource Officer from SAICA, Ms Sne Ngema focused on the technical skills necessary for successful interviews and stressed the importance of soft skills in South African organisations. Being a problem-solver was highlighted as a crucial aspect of adding value and addressing challenges within a company. Additionally, she encouraged students to utilize digital platforms for thorough research on organizations before interviews and emphasized the benefits of short courses in enhancing employability.
Closing the event, Prof Chengedzai Mafini, the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Management Sciences, thanked the audience, and expressed gratitude to the firms that partnered with the institution. “Your coming into VUT is not in vain, we’re enjoying everything and our students appreciate everything that you’re doing,” he said. Notably, he mentioned that future projects will contribute to the excellence of the University through “Inspiring thoughts and Shaping Talents.”