Local is top City student

2017-06-20 06:00
The City of Cape Town celebrated the achievements of 222 employees who participated in skills and development training.

The City of Cape Town celebrated the achievements of 222 employees who participated in skills and development training.

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A Plumstead resident is one of the top three achievers out of 222 City of Cape Town employees who participated in skills and development training.

Aldelah Millward-Petersen obtained a national diploma in office management and technology cum laude. She has been working for the municipality for the past seven years and is a senior secretary.

The City’s education, training and development programme is helping to develop the skills of municipal staff to further improve services to residents. A total of 222 City employees received qualifications in the 2016/17 financial year. Thirty-three of these employees obtained a scarce skills qualification, including a Master’s degree in chemical engineering, a higher certificate in forensic examination, a higher certificate in accounting sciences and a national diploma in internal auditing.

Other top qualifications included a Master’s degree in engineering, a diploma in policing, a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies and an advanced diploma in management.

Raelene Arendse, Mayco member for corporate services, says City officials need to make sure that City staff have the knowledge and skills to deliver services efficiently and effectively to residents.

A total of R32m was spent on the development of staff, which included R9.2m for apprenticeships and R6.3m for external bursaries. External bursary recipients have the opportunity to apply for positions after completing their studies.

For the next financial year, R122m has been budgeted for training, development, external bursaries and apprenticeships.

“As an employer, we create a working environment with opportunities for self-improvement and scare skills development, while affording young graduates who are part of the City’s bursary programme a chance to become a part of the job market. With the focus on personal development in the scarce skills categories, training of staff also places specific emphasis on women and employment equity. This is a continual effort to invest in human capital in order to ensure that we remain the greatest City in the country and that we improve our standard for excellence in the public sector,” adds Arendse.

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