SUNCOAST GIVING GRADUATES A CHANCE
By: Mbasa Khwaza
In a time where there are many graduates but fewer opportunities Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment is providing the much needed opportunities to graduates.
Suncoast has recently welcomed six graduates who qualified for the Suncoast 2014 Graduate Program after an “intensive screening process”. This Graduate Program has been running for eight years.
Tracy Borland who is a Recruitment Manager said that Suncoast understands the struggle of looking for an in-service training and they are happy to help. “Looking for training has become one of the challenges that graduates face in South Africa and we are so privileged to be able to afford these students such opportunities,” Borland said.
A 22-year-old Tsepo Mchunu, who is one of the recruited graduates, said that after he finished his Marketing Diploma given his background he did not know what to do but working hard has earned him this opportunity.
“Coming from a disadvantaged background hasn’t made it easy for me but striving for excellence in everything I do has resulted in this opportunity to gain work experience,” he said.
Mchunu is one of Suncoast’s success stories as he was one of the first students to be funded with a study bursary through the Suncoast CSI initiative Vukukhanye which operates in Chesterville. It supported him throughout his high school and tertiary studies.
Deshnee Naidu, who is a Human Resources Manager at Suncoast, encouraged graduates to apply for graduates’ programmes. “In order to bridge the gap between academic and work experience, we have to equip graduates with leadership and social skills to enable them to have the capacity to perform in any role in the workplace,” she said.