Three phases in the 10-year programme
Initial three years of grades 10-12 (FET)
Extra tuition in:
Covers the first three years in the working world:
Criteria for selection into the programme:
PROTEC conducts a baseline study or pre-test to determine which areas of the curriculum students regard as problematic. In addition, students’ performance in the final exams for the previous three years in Mathematics and Sciences are analysed.
Students gather at a centre school each Saturday for extra Sciences, Mathematics, English and World-of Work lessons.
PROTEC World of Work includes leadership, interpersonal skills development, and career development. PROTEC identifies learners who have potential and assists them to overcome educational and other obstacles that may prevent them from successfully entering the world of work. These obstacles can be a lack of a proper basic education at school, poverty, lack of successful role models, attitudes, unrealistic expectations, different cultural values, and language barriers. This component of the PROTEC model plays a vital role in preventing students with potential from becoming career casualties as a result of these obstacles.
Vacation School classes: (15 days per year)
Students gather at a centre school for five days during three vacation periods to do practical and theoretical work based on the scientific/ technological theme selected for the Vacation School programme.
Themes are based on different industries, such as engineering sectors, accounting, transport, communications, manufacturing and others.
The face-to-face sessions are complemented by the virtual sessions by:
Work experience (three days per year)
The programme assists students with the realities of the work environment and assisting in career choices, where available.
The school phase includes additional features such as parent/teacher support, the provision of educational materials, computer training, participation in inter-school events, workshops, career guidance, and wok exposure.
The post-school phase starts with an orientation programme that bridges the gap between the school and tertiary phases. The programme is designed to reduce the massive dropout rate of first-year students who are not equipped to make the transition.
The second part is a mentorship programme that assists learners with the vast array of problems encountered in tertiary life. These mentors are drawn from the PROTEC Alumni and are trained as mentors. Also included is training placement assistance, skills workshops, sourcing study and career opportunities, career counselling, as well as mentorship and support.
Entry into the world of work
Students are equipped with skills and techniques to help them with entry into the world of work and meeting the expectations of the work environment.
The PROTEC Teacher Development Model
The programmes ensure that teachers are competent in all three FET grades
School support visits
Our project model uses a centre-based and classroom support approach as this has proven over the past 13 years, to be the most effective and efficient approach that impacts positively on the professional practices of teachers, and on student achievement.
PROTEC delivers the following primary interventions:
Further training and support on the use of science equipment and mathematics kits are provided as an integral part of the school support visits.
Facilitation of the use of pace setters and learning programmes, work schedules and lesson plans within the teaching of Mathematics, Science and English in the project schools is encouraged.
Carefully structured and stringent monitoring and evaluation is conducted throughout the different phases of PROTEC’s programmes.
PROTEC Alumni in the working world are encouraged to participate in the ongoing PROTEC programme through networking, mentoring, and finding ways to give back to PROTEC students. We maintain our Alumni database to ensure previous members are updated accordingly of new developments at PROTEC. Alumni that are not on our database, are welcome to make contact with PROTEC.
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