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What does your job entail?
I manage a team of people who enable our in-field trainers to deliver training.
An integral part of my role is regular communication with our clients, head office team members who help me run the logistics of the project, and peer trainers in the field who do the actual training.
We need to be in constant touch about the progress of the project and any problems that come up. I facilitate brainstorming sessions on possible solutions to issues with the members of the Footprint team.
Where do you work and what does the company do?
We work in one of the most beautiful environments: an old house in Kensington, up on a ridge with a magnificent view and an indigenous garden. Working in an environment that is close to nature is such a blessing. Avo delivers hands-on training to rural and urban communities using a community-based peer-training model.
Why did you choose to go into project management/training?
I have always been interested in developing people, which is why I began my career in coaching, training and facilitation. The transition into project management was natural. I have a keen interest in how different organisations work and the value of individuals within an organisation.
What are you trying to achieve?
Every project I get to run delivers financial literacy training to thousands of South Africans on behalf of major financial institutions.
We want to empower people with life skills to help them make better decisions, and also help our peer educators build sustainable businesses within the communities they serve.
One of the important jobs of my team is to find suitable people from the communities who we train to become trainers. I want to assist individuals to see their potential and show them how they can make choices to achieve their potential.
Describe your perfect office environment
For us to be able to reach more and more people, our perfect office environment needs to be where the people we are targeting are. This means we need to be free of as many barriers as possible. The perfect Footprint office environment is under a tree where people in townships or rural areas are eager to learn.
Describe your typical day
Lots of stimulating meetings, out of which many actions need to be managed. Watching timelines and making sure what we are spending is within the budget. Communicating, planning how to move forward, writing reports, reporting, chasing deadlines and then some more communicating.
What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects?
A big challenge is inspiring people to work in a responsible and accountable way. Another challenge is bridging “third world” with “first world” expectations, but that is also the most rewarding .
Where do you get your inspiration?
Watching our trainers in action. I can be having the most awful day from a logistics point of view but five minutes in the “classroom” with our trainer and I am reminded of why I do what I do.
What would you call a really good day?
When everything runs smoothly and we are training up a storm, where everyone is feeling energised and everyone feels like they are doing the best for themselves as well as others.
What has contributed to your success?
Having a strong support structure.both at home and in the work environment. Being determined, courageous and resilient.
Where are some of the places people can train to be a trainer?
Visit www.avovision.co.za to find details on how to become a trainer. Also, the ETDP Seta offers various accreditation programmes.