Ispani on Fashion Assistant

Contributing to the economy and job creation isn’t something that jumps to mind when you look at a fashion spread in your favourite magazine or website…but changes in fashion help keep designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of fashion and footwear in business…and this provides work for stylists, models, photographers and fashion publications…media, either print or web-based, benefit from advertising revenue and the cycle keeps a great many people in work. We are all familiar with famous fashion designers and we all tend to follow fashion trends, but for a certain breed of people fashion is an all-consuming passion…for them fashion is the air they breathe…

If you are a keen fashionista but don’t have a desire to design but still want to influence trends then working as a fashion editor is an ideal career…the job of a fashion editor is to supervise the development, creation and presentation of all fashion related content in magazines, newspapers and websites…they work under the guidance of an editor-in-chief and are responsible for finalising the creative influence and direction that their fashion department will cover in that edition or across that season…

They oversee a team that includes photographers, stylists, models and writers…they define the “look” based on their fashion knowledge which they gather through attending designer showcases, manufacturer and retailer shows and international exposure…so yes, this can be one of those jobs where you travel to Paris, New York and the fashion capitals of the world once you have made your name…

So move over Anna Wintour we have some iSpani Hustlers ready to show you how we style on Msanzi as TshepoMosokotso shows us what fashion is all about.

ISpani Series 4 synopsis

The world of work is not only hard to get into for most school leavers – the daily functions of most entry level jobs are a mystery! Ispani is here to ensure that the many layers of employment and career planning are laid bare for young, unemployed viewers trying to get onto the job ladder, drawing back the curtains and shining a light on a wide variety of career opportunities, spanning multiple industries with employment potential for those starting out.

Ispani's reality / documentary hybrid format takes the viewer into the environments offering positions that they would be best suited to at an entry level, creating awareness of the academic, personal and training requirements and criteria from an experiential point of view. Each week an aspiring careerist is exposed, in intimate detail, to the inner workings of a specific career trajectory, starting on the ground floor. Through a process of orientation and practical job shadowing, introduced and supported by potential employers, careers ranging from landscape design to architecture are explored at an entirely practical level. In addition to being introduced to specific tasks that build the foundation of a competent and desirable employee, Ispani candidates are coached by on-the-ground experts in the field, who share their experiences in developing their own careers with our aspiring careerists.

Once the candidate has had some shadowing experience and been coached by our professional team of career and personal skills specialists they are tasked with carrying out the functions that they have shadowed. For many this is the real test, they are thrown in and have to sink or swim...some will find employment, some will change their goals, but all will leave the show, and the viewer, with a far deeper understanding of the potential of the career under the microscope and how to best go about finding a position in the workplace that will be more than 'just a job'.

To support candidates on the show and viewers at home gain detailed insight into the industries, jobs and career paths, potential employers share an insider view of each specific market, while the Ispani Career Coach and Life Skills professionals add the finishing touches to presenting a well-rounded, fully informed, committed work seeker to potential employers. Employers know what they are looking for and this is an excellent chance for work seekers to ensure they are chasing an achievable dream that suits their personal requirements. It also serves to create familiarity for a wide audience in what would otherwise be an entirely foreign environment.

The viewer will learn about the broader sector and how they can place themselves is located within that

  • They will be exposed to daily routines, including which will be detailed providing a thorough view of all aspects of this career and not just the tasks they are exposed to.
  • The multiple task specific   activities will provide more than one career 'specialisation' broadening the viewers understanding of the career and the opportunities it provides
  • How to plan a career in this field, where to study, formal or informal options will be explored.
  • A progressive career path with be revealed through interaction with existing therapists
  • The full range of opportunities for both employment and self-employment in this field will be covered
  • The entry requirements, available training, qualifications, income potential, training and development in this area will be presented in a straightforward and accessible manner
  • Administrative and soft skills will be revealed and viewers will identify with what skills they have and what they need to make it in the chosen field. The viewer will be in a position to know if they are suited to this career. The personal attributes of highlighted enable the viewer to consider this career choice against their interests, skills and potential employment opportunities
  • The viewer will be in a position to make an informed choice about either an informal or formal learning approach to each filed
  • The viewer will have a grounding knowledge of all aspects of the career, including both basic and specialised skills that can be gained and practised enabling them to make informed decisions about their lives/careers.
  • Lower entry barriers create confidence of basic understanding of career requirements, empowering personal choices.
  • The viewer will see how they can create their own employment and potentially provide employment for others.
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Episode 1 - Plumbing

TX date 12/02/2013

We often hear about scarce and critical skills…qualifications or jobs that South Africa’s economy needs to make headway and sustain growth in a tough and highly competitive global environment…these position just don’t have enough new, skilled people joining. Plumbing is one such artisanal skill or trade in the construction industry that makes up a growing list of key positions across all sectors that are desperately seeking new talent…

By choosing a career as a plumber – or other trades and professions on the list - you are increasing your chances of entering the job market with a skill that will see employers snapping you up…and as it is an apprenticeship and you can learn as you earn. We look at what it takes to become a commercial plumber with 25 year old Kgosi Seitshiro.

Episode 2 – Industrial Engineering

TX date19/02/2013

Industrial Engineers, technologists and technicians seek out and study the most effective way to bring together the basic elements of production - people, machines, materials, information and energy - to make a product or provide a service...they are the bridge that links a company’s management goals – such as cost efficiency and optimal production – to its operational performance...to do this they look at ways of increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organisation and technology...making Industrial Engineers different from other engineering disciplines because people and not only processes lie at the heart of what they do...it is the Industrial Engineer who determines a company’s human resource and skills requirements as well as how to operate in top gear to create employment, economic sustainability and wealth.

The day to day tasks of an industrial engineer vary considerably depending on the sector they work in, they are not only found in manufacturing – although that’s where many specialise – they are also an integral part of the service industries where they can provide more efficient and profitable practices like they do in manufacturing. We look at this exciting career with Sanera Maharaj a 22 year old young lady from Durban.

Episode 3 – Shoe Making

TX date 26/02/2013

Shoes are not just great fashion accessories – they are complex pieces of apparel that can certainly enhance a fashion statement, but they equally enhance sporting performance e or assist in correcting foot problems...but no matter the reason for purchasing a pair of shoes – one fact remains key – everyday, in every city and town around the world – people will put on a pair before they leave their homes... while we may have started off wrapping our feet in leaves or leather as we left our shelter today shoe manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the clothing, textile, footwear and leather sector globally...whether we wear them for fashion or to score the winning goal we all own shoes that will need to suite our lifestyles and our personal sartorial preferences...

Shoe makers are skilled and creative artisans that come up with various patterns and makes of shoes that allow us to live and work safely and comfortably. Catch Zandi Maria Ntanjana an inexperienced but passionate 28 year old as she tries her hand in shoe making.

Episode 4 – Seamstress

TX date 05/03/2013

Seamstresses offer an important service to society, but they are rarely considered elite. This has not always been the case, however. In most civilizations, those who were able to create attractive clothes and fitted garments were originally in very high demand. In mercantile societies, garment creators were and sometimes still are some of the best-paid members of society.

Before clothing could be created on assembly lines and in low-cost factories, seamstresses were often the only people with the skills needed to help people look their best. Ntombizodwa Pretty Dlamini a young single mother gets a chance to find out what it takes to become a seamstress.

Episode 5 - Food Technologist

TX date 12/03/2013

Food technology falls in and between the food we consume and the companies who produce it. Food technologists are largely responsible for the different products which are on the market. From the packaging control to the sample tasting of all products, Food technologists are involved in a product from experimenting with certain ingredients, tastes, colours and textures to the actual production and continuous improvement of a product. Food technology plays a big role in the products we see on the shelves every single day. A grade 12 student and wannabe food technologist, Skhumbuzo Aubrey Nsundwana from Estcourt gets a chance to experience what this career is all about.

Episode 6 - Teaching

TX date 19/03/2013

In South Africa there is a dire need for qualified teachers. They play a huge role in the growth of all generations. They contribute to the education and in essence sustainable life skills and their contribution to society is great over years in the field. Teachers roles vary amongst different cultures but the fundamentals should all be met including understanding, visualization and application with Numeracy, Literacy and Life skills to name a few. A teacher’s role is to educate and to be an example to others. Education is a basic human right. When that right is granted growth and development, the society as a whole is more likely to improve. We explore this much needed career through Samukelo Nkonyeni a highly motivated young man who wants to make a difference in the lives of young South Africans by becoming an educator.

Episode 7 – Brand developer

TX date 26/03/2013

Brand developers produce design solutions to communicate their clients' messages with high visual impact. Graphic design solutions are required for a huge variety of products & activities, such as websites, Touchscreen applications, Flash applications, computer games, digital exhibitions & displays to name but a few. A thorough understanding of the development of corporate communications & corporate identity is integral to the process of developing an organizations visual 'brand'. Working to a brief, brand developers develop creative ideas & concepts, choosing the appropriate media & style to meet the client's objectives. The work demands creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software & a professional approach to time, costs & deadlines. This a fast growing career for the young south African population. Matthew Price has studied towards becoming a brand developer and Interbrand Sampson offers him an opportunity to showcase what he is made of.

Episode 8 – Body Building

TX date 02/04/2013

Do you like assembling and dismantling engines and other mechanical devices? Do you enjoy working with your hand? Does the world of vehicle building interest you? Then becoming a Vehicle Body Builder could be the career for you. Vehicle body builders design and build the chassis and body of vehicles such as trucks, trailers, caravans, panel vans and buses. In modern factories where almost everything is mechanised, vehicle body builders specialise in one sector of the manufacturing process such as attaching door panels to the body of the vehicle. Working from plans, drawings and specifications, they measure out materials, saw or cut them to size and fit and weld them together to form chassis.

This is a key growth sector and the national government has implemented the Automotive Production and Development Programme this year, set to run to 2020, which will stimulate sector and job growth in addition to increasing locally sourced and manufactured content. We take a look at Andries Setseho who has no formal training in this field but heis passionate about becoming a vehicle body builder and becoming an artisan.

Episode 9 – Glass Blowing

TX date 09/04/2013

The scientific glass blower manufactures glass instruments and apparatus. These are used both in laboratories and in fieldwork by scientists and engineers in their research, development and tutorial duties. Scientific glass blowers also work in industry, particularly in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Scientific glass blowers are often required to assist in the design of prototype equipment and thus play a major role in the success or failure of a project. The work entails the shaping and forming of a variety of types and shapes of glass according to the specifications given. The glass can be machined, ground, drilled, blown, bent, fused (welded), twisted, drawn and parted.

Glass blowers who work in factories receive their training on the job. Training lasts at least one year.An apprenticeship is an excellent way for glass artists to receive additional training. You choose a glass blower whose work you respect and work with that artist for a period. In some apprenticeships you receive materials, work space, and room and board in exchange for your work in the studio.

In this episode we take Refiloe Mafora a grade 12 science student who is passionate about art and becoming a glass blower into the glass blowing world.

Episode 10 – Automotive machinist

TX date 16/04/2013

An Automotive Machinist is a trained metalworker who is skilled to renew or build internal combustion engines and engine components according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Automotive machinists are skilled metalworkers who build, assemble, and renew internal combustion engines and engine components according to manufacturer specifications. They perform a variety of machining operations on engines and engine components of used vehicles.

When vehicle engines are worn out, they burn too much oil and fuel and have to be rebuilt. This process includes the dismantling and cleaning of the engine, grinding various parts and manufacturing and fitting others. Automotive machinists inspect all the components thoroughly for cracks and other faults, then clean and rebuild parts where necessary. When turning and fitting the different parts, the re-assembling of the engine's substructure has to be carefully done, before the engine parts can be balanced. The engine is then 'mounted' and a dynamometer used to test if the engine functions correctly.

The work is very precise and is usually carried out indoors, in well-equipped workshops. Working conditions can be somewhat dirty and noisy, as lathes, grinders, drilling and milling machines are used. We take a look at Jacob Selekenyane who has studied fitting and turning and has a passion for assembling and disassembling cars.

Episode 11 – Meteorology

TX date 23/04/2013

Meteorologists are responsible for management to ensure that the Weather Bureau keeps pace with scientific and technological developments, that high standards are maintained and that staff receive the necessary training. Meteorologists must therefore be well-trained academically and conversant with meteorological practice. Research is also an important task of meteorologists. In conjunction with the Water Research Commission, for example, the Weather Bureau is doing research on the microphysics of clouds, the artificial stimulation of rainfall and hail suppression.
The Central Forecasting Office in Pretoria continuously receives meteorological data from various weather stations throughout the southern hemisphere. Apart from conventional meteorological data, a large and growing volume of data, for instance: cloud imagery, upper air temperatures, wind direction and speed which are determined by weather satellites, are regularly received and processed.
These meteorological data are analysed several times during the course of a day for weather forecasting purposes. Ruth Moeti a young lady from Limpopo interested in becoming a meteorologist because of the erratic weather that hits her home town and affects the farming in the area. She would like to empower farmers her area so their farming methods can yield better crop.

Episode 12 – Boiler making

TX date 30/04/2013

Boilermakers are highly skilled construction workers who specialize in the making, installation and repair of boilers, high pressure vats, tanks and other large vessels that contain chemicals, gases, water or other fluids. The work is physically demanding and requires the use of dangerous equipment. Work is done in extreme conditions and often requires travel. Job opportunities for boilermakers should be good; however this work is usually done by contract, so there may be periods of unemployment. Boilermakers, or tradespeople who work in metal fabrication, usually acquire professional skills through apprenticeship, although some may take formal classes at a trade or technical school to become a boilermaker. One way to become a boilermaker is to apply directly for an apprenticeship after graduating from high school. Apprenticeship programs regularly list new job opportunities, and students can also find out about training options through a union, professional organization, or trade school. Apprentices work their way through the ranks as they develop experience. Under the supervision of a skilled boilermaker, they can gradually take on increasingly complex and demanding projects. Eventually, they will be experienced and skilled enough to work independently as part of a shop, and can in turn train apprentices themselves.

Hannes says he has always had a ‘feel’ for machines and metal, but originally thought it would lead him to working in the motor industry. At school he did math, science and technical drawing and practical work with motors which prepared him for his proposed career in the automotive field. However, once he got a little practical experience under his belt he realized that it was working with metal and his hands that held the strongest appeal for him.

Episode 13- Avionic Technician

TX date 07/05/2013

Aircraft maintenance mechanics, electricians and technicians, or avionicians as they are known, quite literally hold the lives of our helicopter, commercial and air force pilots and passengers in their hands every day so responsibility are two vital attributes should you consider this as your future flight path…This is an industry that offers a little something for everyone’s taste from degreed engineers to trade tested artisans there is a position for you in either commercial or military aircraft maintenance.

Following an Avionician trade will equip you to work as an aircraft mechanic, keeping craft in the air whether they are rotary, fixed wing or jet powered planes in the air safely.

Avionicians have to have a broad and thorough understanding of an aircraft,and all its integrated systems, they are the BIG picture people, and their function is to perform preventative and corrective maintenance, including repairs, adjustments, testing and ultimately to certify it safe for flight.Aircraft avionicians have skills in three trades,aircraft electrician, radiotrician and instrument mechanic. They work in a more detailed way in their area of specialisation, repairing or installing equipment. After a 3-year apprenticeship, which includes experiential training, you will qualify as a tradesman if you are successful propeller head...This is all about keeping your craft in the sky and your head on the ground…is it a bird? Is it a plane?No… its a iSpani Super Hustler Mbali Sibiya.

Episode 14 – Fashion Assistant

TX date 14/05/2013

Contributing to the economy and job creation isn’t something that jumps to mind when you look at a fashion spread in your favourite magazine or website…but changes in fashion help keep designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of fashion and footwear in business…and this provides work for stylists, models, photographers and fashion publications…media, either print or web-based, benefit from advertising revenue and the cycle keeps a great many people in work. We are all familiar with famous fashion designers and we all tend to follow fashion trends, but for a certain breed of people fashion is an all-consuming passion…for them fashion is the air they breathe…

If you are a keen fashionista but don’t have a desire to design but still want to influence trends then working as a fashion editor is an ideal career…the job of a fashion editor is to supervise the development, creation and presentation of all fashion related content in magazines, newspapers and websites…they work under the guidance of an editor-in-chief and are responsible for finalising the creative influence and direction that their fashion department will cover in that edition or across that season…

They oversee a team that includes photographers, stylists, models and writers…they define the “look” based on their fashion knowledge which they gather through attending designer showcases, manufacturer and retailer shows and international exposure…so yes, this can be one of those jobs where you travel to Paris, New York and the fashion capitals of the world once you have made your name…

So move over Anna Wintour we have some iSpani Hustlers ready to show you how we style on Msanzi as TshepoMosokotso shows us what fashion is all about.

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