Education and business advise pupils to get a trade to get a job

2013-10-10 00:00

MATRICS unable to get into universities should consider studying at FET colleges and embarking on careers as artisans, the Higher Education Ministry told pupils in Imbali yesterday.

The ministry is promoting the advantages of careers in the trades to high school pupils across South Africa.

Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana told Sukuma Comprehensive School pupils that artisans held the key to the country’s development.

He said that in his state of the nation address President Jacob Zuma had announced massive special infrastructure projects, which artisans would benefit from.

“We had a challenge of bringing artisans from Thailand when we were building the Medupi power station in Limpopo, because we have a shortage of these valuable skills,” said Manana.

He said the youth should realise that becoming an artisan was not a second option for people incapable of studying at a university.

“For this country to be fully developed, we need to … have more artisans, which are scarce skills in this country, by changing the stigma attached to studying at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.

“When a person is a well trained artisan, they don’t rely on being employed for a living; they easily become self- employed and those are the skills we are advocating,” said Manana.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business deputy president Kevin Beekrum said it was easy to hire the services of professionals in Pietermaritzburg, but difficult to find artisans.

“If you mix artisanry with entrepreneurship, it is a match made in heaven because there is a high demand for artisans in business in this town,” he said.

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