Plucked from the depths  of despair

Plucked from the depths of despair

MASERU – Mosa Malefane thought his future was in the doldrums after he failed to make the grade for a place at one of the country’s institutions of higher learning in 2016. Two years later, he is all smiles after he graduated with a certificate in carpentry and joinery.
Malefane is one of thousands of young people who are finding a purpose in life again, thanks to Career Development Training Institute (CDTI).
For the past 13 years, CDTI has been equipping young people who fail to get adequate grades for university or other institutions of higher learning with critical skills.

Some, like Malefane, would have lost all hope. The 20-year-old says he was “down and out” after completing his Form E in 2016.
“By then I did not know CDTI,” said Malefane. Last Friday he was part of 105 graduates at CDTI’s 12th graduation ceremony. The institution was established in January 2005.

The graduates received certificates in basic computing, catering, panel beating and carpentry and joinery.
Others received diplomas in secretarial and administration studies, business studies, marketing and information technology among others.
Malefane said he had lost hope about his future after he completed his Form E until one day he heard on radio that CDTI accepted people with grades such as his.

He decided to give it a shot and applied for a carpentry course since he was familiar with the trade.
He is now determined to start his own business. Another graduate, ’Mameleng Mokete, who received a Diploma in Business Studies, said her two-year journey at CDTI since 2015 was an eye opener in terms of skills development.

Mokete failed to qualify for university after completing her Form E at Bonhomme High School in 2014.
Mokete said her friends and family were supportive but others laughed at her decision to enroll with CDTI.
“That did not make me lose hope,” Mokete said.
Mokete received two awards for excellence.

She said for now her plan is to find a job and further her studies later.
The Director and Founder of CDTI, ’Makatleho Mohale, said the idea of a vocational training centre hit her when she was only 23-years-old in 2005 after realising that many young people failed to continue with their studies after obtaining poor results in Form E.

Mohale said the diplomas and certificates from CDTI enable the students qualify to further their studies at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS) and the Centre for Accounting Studies among others.
“CDTI is a dynamic and vibrant educational institution that has helped scores of people through education,” Mohale said.

Minister of Small Businesses Development Chalane Phori said the graduates should aim to start their own businesses and become employers.
He said the government can no longer afford to hire more people hence it is wise for people to create their own employment by establishing small businesses.

‘Makhotso Rakotsoane

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