GRADSTAR – ’10 OF THE FINEST’ TOP STUDENTS ANNOUNCED!

GRADSTAR – ’10 OF THE FINEST’ TOP STUDENTS ANNOUNCED!

South Africa’s Top 10 Students named by leading employers!

 

After receiving thousands of entries from across the country and putting the entrants through a rigorous four-phase judging process, South Africa’s Top 10 university students have been unearthed from across the country.

 

These university students show the best potential as the country’s future leaders, and their assessment throughout the process is conducted by key assessment providers Khonology, employers and universities.

 

The final stage of judging, deciding on the ’10 of the Finest’ from the Top100 took place on 27th September 2017. Key employers FNB, Comair, PwC and Fasken Martineau came together to take the Top 100 through workshops including ‘How to prepare yourself for the World of Work – Work readiness Tips and Tools to make you stand out in the crowd!’ and ‘Career Adaptability – how to move from graduate to fully functioning employee in the workplace’ and after hours of interaction the employers a consensus was reached:

TEN OF THE FINEST

All Top100 Students were recognised at a Gala Dinner at Indaba Hotel, featuring MP Hlomela Bucwa, SA’s youngest event MP, as keynote speaker and also opened by Dr David Molapo as patron “This is a worthy programme,” he says. “It is designed to uplift the student youth at this time of unrest, and provide an aspirational platform to assist them in achieving their potential.”

 

Tension was high before the ’10 of the Finest’ were announced at the end of the evening and presented with their trophies by the employers who had assessed them earlier that day.

 

The GradStar programme, sponsored by FNB, PwC, Comair and Fasken Martineau, and the brainchild of BlackBark Productions (creators of the Rising Star Awards) is a uniquely developed programme that focuses on quality connections, and compliments existing employer programmes. It is designed to provide previously unrecognised students with opportunities for employment and allow them to contribute positively to South Africa’s future growth.

 

The competition process is designed to emulate the process that top employers use to find their future talent, and uses behavioural testing and personal interviewing amongst other methods as measurement tools. It allows students to familiarise themselves with the formal graduate programme application process, and enables them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses along the way.

 

“I am particularly proud of the GradStar programme for the way it develops our very young talent in South Africa,” says Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions. “The Top 100 will each be connected with a business mentor, who has been recognised through our Rising Star Programme, to further ready them for the workplace. This is a unique and valuable opportunity for each graduate to draw upon the expertise and knowledge of those who have gone before them, and start their careers on a solid foundation.”

 

NAME FIELD OF STUDY UNIVERSITY
Nkosinathi Radebe Bachelor of Commerce (accounting) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Hayley Camilla Warring Bachelor of Commerce Rhodes University
Godfrey Tshanda Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) University of Cape Town
Thabo Kopane Bachelor of Science University of Cape Town
Sivashen Reddy Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) Hons University of KwaZulu-Natal
Emma Alimohammadi Bachelor of Commerce (Law; LLB) University of Pretoria
Roxanne Dickson Bachelor of Laws University of Pretoria
Lee Baatjes Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery University of Stellenbosch
Lungelwa Mambesi Goje Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) University of the Western Cape
Keanan Lee Theunissen Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) University of the Witwatersrand
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