West Coast TVET College, one of the top ten Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in the Country, celebrated the College’s academic success at their recent annual Graduation Ceremony held at the Malmesbury Town Hall.

The Ceremony was to honour the great academic achievements set by the class of 2018, the class that helped the College achieve its place in the top 10 TVET Colleges in the country.

This year saw 511 students invited for the first and second session of the ceremony.

“When you don’t know something, you go to google. You go to the World Wide Web or ‘www’ for short. But let me share with you my WWW – Don’t forget Whose you are, Where you come from or Who you are,” some of the word said by Dr Gillian Arendse, the keynote speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony.

The Top Achievers in each programme were:

Yandisa Ndudula – Top Achiever: NC(V) Management Level 4 with two distinctions

Tamzen Sheba – Top Achiever: NC(V) Level 4 Education & Development

Korbinian Bradley Hoeger – Top Achiever: NC(V) Electrical Infrastructure & Construction Level 4 with two distinctions

Alliston Peter Faro – Top Achiever: NC(V) Level 4  Hospitality with two distinctions

Charlo Christiaans Jonas – Top Achiever: NC(V) Engineering & Related Design Level 4

Hleze Mqayi – Top Achiever: NC(V) Level 4 Tourism with two distinctions

Davina Kim Van Schalkwyk – Top Achiever: NC(V) Level 4 Office Administration with three distinctions

Lilitha Mqamelo – Top Achiever: NC(V) Primary Health Level 4 with four distinctions

Janine Caroll-Evette Baadjies – Top Achiever: Diploma Studies Human Resources Management with four distinctions

Siphesande Thintelo – Top Achiever: Diploma Studies Financial Management with one distinction

Francisca Nikay Swartz – Top Achiever: Diploma Studies Business Management with three distinctions

Anika Brandt – Top Achiever: Diploma Studies Management Assistant with three distinctions

West Coast TVET College also celebrated the two overall top achievers with the awarding of the CEO’s Award and the College Chairperson’s Award.

The Overall Top NC(V) Student and winner of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Award is based on best academic achievement. This candidate achieved 13 distinctions out of the 21 subjects over the three years that included 18 month theory and 18 months practical experience. This candidate fully immersed herself into college life. As a DHET TVET bursary recipient, she is showing how a bursary can change one’s life. The campus describes the candidate as a very shy but ambitious young lady who is focused and willing in everything she does. She is very dedicated and strives to be a perfectionist when it comes to her work. She was always punctual and her commitment towards her work portrayed in her results. The CEO’s Award winner for this year with an average of 76.71% is Davina Kim Van Schalkwyk.

The Chairpersons award is for the Top National Diploma student. This award is based on best academic achievement. This candidate achieved 9 distinctions out of the 12 subjects over the three years. In the third semester, she received 98% in her Computer Practice examination. She was an NSFAS student who was dedicated, disciplined, determined student who throughout her studies and performed well under immense pressure. During the N4 semester she was one of the top students in the programme. In N5 she was the best student in this programme and obtained 100% in Sales Management which was a first for the college. The campus described the student as very dedicated and diligent. She was always positive in everything she did and very precise. She always strived for perfection. She completed her practical programme through the Placement Department with our supportive host employers, AVBOB and Saldanha Municipality. Her former employer described her as a very good worker who was always eager, enthusiastic and showed a positive attitude. She was always up for the challenge and accepted responsibilities without hesitation. This student would even do duties outside of her field of study. After her internship she received a bursary from one of our Placement partners, Tronox Namakwa Sands. She is currently studying at Cape Peninsula University of Technology to complete her Human Resource Management diploma but already has her eyes set on the BTech degree.

The Chairperson’s Award winner for this year with an average of 87.25% is Francisca Nikay Swartz.

The College would like to thank its sponsors: Cape Book and College Supplies, SAYDBUC Academic Attire, W&R Seta, Sea Harvest, Absa Bank and Vodacom.

“We are proud of our students, and we wish them all the best for their future endevours and trust that they will continue being the best that they can we with the education and training these students received from West Coast TVET College,” said Mr Lungisa Mbulawa, Acting Chief Executive Officer of West Coast TVET College.