THE Graduate School of Business's Associate in Management (AIM) programme continues to prove its ability to accelerate the careers of its graduates.
Three recent AIM graduates, who were partly funded in their studies by grants made available by Cape of Good Hope Bank, have gone from strength to strength since leaving the School.
It was a matter of mere months before Lungelo Madlingozi and Moeniera Peters were climbing the ladder of success and were promoted at work.
Madlingozi, who is a public servant at the Eastern Cape Department of Education, became the acting director of provisioning. â€œImmediately after I finished my studies in Cape Town, the Department felt that I could be better utilised at the head office. I am responsible for auxiliary services, procurement, tendering and the administration of contracts.â€ said Madlingozi.
For Moeniera Peters, promotion from data capturer to researcher at the Labour Research Service (LRS) was imminent just as soon as she enrolled on the programme.
â€œIn February 2001, I started the AIM programme. In May 2001, I was offered a trainee researcher position in the economic research unit. The position included investigating the corporate social responsibility practices of companies listed on the JSE for inclusion in an ethical investment fund called the Community Growth Fund,â€ said Peters, whose only former education was a standard eight report and a diploma course in bookkeeping and accounting.
After 17 years as an educator and vice-principal, Nomthandazo Mtiya sought a change of scenery from the halls of Sinethemba High School, and signed up for the part-time AIM course in 2000.
â€œAIM teaches you to work hard and stand independently. There is no doubt that it provided me with a solid basis so that I was brave enough to take on an Honours course in finance at UCT.â€
This year, Cape of Good Hope Bank is again helping a number of AIM students through their studies. The Bank committed R250 000 in 1999 to AIM to provide loans to students over a five year period.