07 May 2019
Mashudu Serovha joined Kemtek in 2016 as a driver and, after some months on the job, decided he wanted to improve his skill set and build a long-term career with the company. To gain more experience, he opted to change roles and began work in the stores and warehouse division, cutting printing plates ready for delivery to Kemtek’s national print customer base.
Having mastered this skill, Mashudu then applied for a role in the Large Format Printing division as a sales representative, a role he unfortunately didn’t win. However, he didn’t give up, and instead started enquiring about opportunities for a place on the Kemtek Learnership Programme, where he could gain an overall understanding of business practices and procedures.
Recognising his willingness to learn and determination to succeed, Kemtek’s management team selected Mashudu as one of the 12 successful applicants on to the 2018 – 2019 learnership programme and, since then, he hasn’t looked back!
Running for a full year, the course content includes weekly classroom sessions, plus in-depth study material and practical assignments on the following key modules: the role of the manager, business communication, problem solving, leading and motivating a team, code of conduct and customer service standards, time management, performance management and budgeting. On successful completion, each learner receives an NQF Level 4 qualification and certificate. ‘Being given the opportunity to join the learnership team has made me see things in a different light!’ declares Mashudu. ‘Among many other things, we’re learning how to understand the importance of motivating staff and leading effectively, plus how to communicate at all levels in the business world. Overall, I have grasped the technique of group dynamics and problem solving!’
Mashudu has his sights set on developing his sales skills in the near future, eventually getting out on the road and adding value to the company.
In fact, he has already signed up a couple of new plate customers after just a few phone calls….it seems he has a talent for persuasion already!
Besides developing his work skills, Mashudu likes to stay fit by working out in the gym, running and cycling. Last year he completed his first 947 challenge, and he hopes to improve his cycling accomplishments in the year ahead.
‘There are two mantras that I live by,’ states Mashudu. ‘Expect nothing and appreciate everything…and nothing is impossible.’
He’s certainly living up to these words…and building a great future for himself!