Learners empowered with information that they can use to shape their futures.

Thirty learners from the New Nation School were welcomed by PPC employees to the factory for a day of fun, learning and new experiences.

Designed to showcase career opportunities in the industry, as well as share information about PPC’s bursary scheme, the day’s event comprised a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the plant, career conversations with site employees, and an opportunity to enjoy team-building activities.

The day was inspired by an event in July this year when PPC’s CEO, Darryll Castle, and other PPC Executives and Board Members spent a day at Time for Change (TFC) – a shelter located in the Johannesburg CBD. PPC has had a longstanding relationship with TFC which supports many of the students at New Nation.

The New Nation School was started in Johannesburg by the late Solly Molekwe as part of his dream to educate homeless children. Learners who attend the school come from disadvantaged backgrounds, living in various shelters in and around Johannesburg, including TFC. “Most of these learners do not readily have opportunities to be directly exposed to the career options available to them in industries such as our own,” says Francie Shonhiwa, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at PPC. “Today was therefore all about empowering them with information that they can use to shape new futures for themselves, and opening their realm of experience to new possibilities.”

Francie foresees this to be the start of many similar events to come. “Our ability to build a sustainable future for our company and country is directly related to how we empower and motivate our youth,” she concludes. “This day gave PPC an opportunity to bring our brand promise of ‘Our strength. Your vision’ to life in a completely new way for these learners. We look forward to continuing to play a meaningful role in their life’s journey going forward.”