Minister encourages artisans

2008-06-22 00:00

“Not all of us will reach university. We have to get dirty [and] filthy in order to grow this economy better.”

This was the strong and direct message delivered by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana in a candid keynote address to students at a graduation ceremony of the Tag Tec Electrical Training Institute in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

Addressing the issue of South Africa’s lack of artisans and people skilled in other technical “trades”, Mdladlana stressed the importance of such skills within the national economy.

More than 60 students received certificates, 20 of whom completed their National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level three — National Certificate in electrical engineering construction.

A total of 22 students completed NQF Level Two — National Certificate in Electrical Engineering.

Dawn Parker is at the helm of Tag Tec Electrical Training Institute, which has worked hand-in-hand with the Energy Sector Education and Training Authority (Eseta) to successfully train a number of electrical engineering students over the past eight years.

Although some students remain apprehensive about their prospects of securing employment, Mdladlana urged them to view themselves as job-creators rather than job-seekers.

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