With the pilot programme of the Hermanus Varsity Trust (HVT) due to start in August, the HVT is calling for volunteer tutors to help guide students through two short learning programmes.

Negotiations between the HVT and the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED) are far advanced to offer two courses to launch the Trust’s pilot programme. With a maximum of 50 students in each, the pilot will consist of ‘Introduction to Local Economic Development’ and ‘Entrepreneurship,’ two CENLED short learning programmes, starting in August and October, respectively. These courses have been chosen because they are ideal for our students and will position them to live, learn and work locally.

Tutorials, the human face that aids successful learning, are the heart and soul of the Hermanus Varsity Trust’s mission of providing higher education courses to empower the diverse communities of the Overstrand. In weekly tutorials, students who register for courses through the HVT will have the support of experienced individuals. This kind of support and guidance has been shown to be fundamental to students’ success.

Hermanus Varsity Trust can offer tutorials because of the “willingness of the remarkable people who live here” to share their knowledge and experience with the students. For the pilot, volunteers who have the qualifications and/or experience to tutor on the two short learning programmes, are required.

What kinds of knowledge and experience are appropriate for tutoring students in the two pilot courses? The short answer is – all kinds. As far as academic qualifications are concerned, a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, a suitable social science degree, or an MBA would be a good starting point.

If you believe you have the knowledge and experience to help students and have the willingness and time to do so you as a tutor, will make a difference in people’s lives.

For details email: tutoring@hermanusvarsity.co.za.

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