Students working every night and day

26 May 2002

Helping hands: the Work-Study Programme Office's Thabo Morwana and Phumlani Ndaba help helpful students find work on and off campus.

THE STUDENT Work-Study Programmes Office is once again looking for openings at UCT where students can fill in and help make the lives of beleaguered administrators just that much easier.

The WSPO, formerly known as the Job Opportunities Bureau (JOB), still serves as a non-profit employment agency for students, helping them find part-time work both on and off campus, explained Thabo Morwana, programmes co-ordinator and Head of the Office. Not only do students earn some valuable pocket money this way, but are also exposed to the world of work and get a chance to develop and pick up new skills, he added.

The WSPO runs a number of programmes, including the Job Location and Development Programme, where companies contact the WSPO, which then tries to find suitable students. In the Kellogg-funded Vacation and Research Programme, students are employed as research assistants.

The Work-Study Programme, funded by the Desmond Tutu Educational Trust, is the big one for the WSPO, however. Studies are placed in positions at UCT, as well as with NGOs and organisations within the public sector.

The programme pays students, which means that departments that employ the students need not worry about any additional discharges from their straitened budgets.

Those departments that would like to offer places for students or that would like to find out a little more about the programme can contact Morwana at or by telephone at 650-3549.

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