R22.6m shot in the arm for artisans

2011-06-30 11:09

Artisans in the Eastern Cape will receive R22.6 million in skills training from the manufacturing, engineering and related services sectoral education and training authority (Merseta), the provincial government said today.

“Skills development has proven to be a foundation for successful economies. It is an ingredient to achieve sustainable job creation and economic development,” said Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet.

The money would be disbursed over three years to Kiviet to boost various training programmes in the sector, said Merseta spokesperson Mzukisi Ndara.

It would benefit students undergoing experiential training for the completion of P1 and P2 work-based learning programmes.

It would also be used to help 80 people, with at least a level two qualification, complete their learnerships and trade tests.

In addition, 42 apprentices under contract would be able to complete a three-year programme, while 150 engineering students would be assisted with bridging programmes to complete their training.

Merseta CEO Raymond Patel said the agreement would uplift people in rural areas.

“Skills development, job creation and poverty alleviation go hand-in-hand. We are confident that this partnership will lead to sustainable job creation for the youth and also address gender equality in the process,” he said.

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