Senatla Panelbeaters is owned by Johannes and Winny Velankulu. The shop is situated in Pretoria West and is known for great quality workmanship. Two years ago, they decided to open their doors and get involved in training apprentices on top of already doing skills development with employees. Two of IT-C’s deaf learners were placed with them in 2017 and did their practical and work experience in the body shop. Winny was so impressed with the quality of work and the enthusiasm of the students that they were both employed as general workers.
Last year two more deaf learners were placed with Senatla Panelbeaters for their 2018 Disabled Programme. They have completed their Panelbeating Skills programme and are set to return this year to complete their Spray painting practical section.
Feedback from Johannes and Winny has been very positive. “The staff at Senatla Panelbeaters welcomed these learners into the family and have even started learning sign-language,” said Winny. “I would highly recommend this training process to all body shops as the candidates are hard working and dedicated to becoming the best artisan they can be.
“IT-C have held our hand through this whole process and it has been a brilliant experience being able to grow our skills sector. IT-C have helped us with all of the administration and paperwork, plus any red tape, so that we can receive our money back from Merseta to help pay for the apprentice’s salaries. This plus more BBBEE points for any business involved in this process.”
Call IT-C on +27 (0)12 379 8684 for more information on how to get involved in upskilling an apprentice.