Nokuthula Mntuyedwa and Burton Robertson at CC Electrical.
GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - The South Cape TVET College is proud to be part of the endeavour to train artisans, which has been identified as a priority by the Department of Higher Education.
To this end, the college recently hosted a Decade of the Artisan function, initiated by the department to promote and highlight the importance and necessity of artisans in our country.
The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) funded a special project which aims to train Electrical Infrastructure Construction Level 4 students over a period of two years after which they are expected to do their trade test. The group of 20 students commenced with their training in May last year with 90% of the training being practical. The duration of the practical training at the college is six months.
Because this hands-on training prepares them to enter the industry well prepared, employers are happy to employ them.
The college has also engaged in a partnership with SA Oil and Gas and Petro SA as a training partner. Thanks to this strategic partnership 55 students were enrolled for a 27-month period to enable to them to become tradesmen in the following disciplines: welding, boiler-making and electrical engineering. The students will complete their nine months' competency based modular training after which they will be placed at Petro SA, as the host employer.
At the end of indentured period they will engage in a pre-trade test as well as their final trade tests.Many host employers are appreciative of the work and skills the students are displaying. "The two students placed in my company were the best Christmas present the college could have given me," said a happy employer.
Funding partners and employers are welcome to contact the college for mutually beneficial engagements.
Article by Minette Kilian and Lanson Mutandwa
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