Centre to equip youth

2019-04-25 06:01
Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor delivering her speech during the launch of the Centre of Specialisation that was held at the False Bay College.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor delivering her speech during the launch of the Centre of Specialisation that was held at the False Bay College.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Thousands of young people are set to benefit when a new Centre of Specialisation opens its academic doors.

The Swartklip Campus, which is currently under construction, will offer critical skills such as rigging and mechanic fitting and is expected to enrol about 3000 students.

This was revealed during the launch of the centre on Tuesday 23 April by Higher Education and Training minister Naledi Pandor, at False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Khayelitsha.

The launch was attended by Western Cape premier Helen Zille and more than 200 students from five colleges including College of Cape Town for auto mechanic and plumbing, Boland for welding, South Cape College for bricklaying, Northlink College for fitting and turning and West Coast College for pipe fitting.

Pandor said there will be six colleges in the province specialising in eight of the 13 trades that have been identified nationally for development.

“We adopted the centres of specialisation to train artisans for trades in demand, to place colleges in a better partnership with employers and build a better apprenticeship system,” she said.

Pandor said the centres of specialisation programme are pioneering the way for the transformation of the TVET colleges system.

“By transformation, I mean making colleges even more relevant and responsive to industry labour needs. And at the same time lifting their capacity to deliver the best occupation programmes,” said Pandor.

She said the aim is to offer young people a range of education and training alternatives including universities. “The idea is to create a route to better skills and technical qualifications,” Pandor said.

She said they plan to improve quality and create diverse entry points to other institution in Post School Education and Training (PSET). “The efforts directed at creating college and employer links are intended to ease the acquisition of work-based skills for young trainees,” she said.

She added that the role of Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) in linking employers to the Centres of Specialisation Programme has ensured that all participating employers are guaranteed discretionary grants. She said the collaboration breaks down the barriers between education institutions and industry and helps new employers to support the apprenticeship system.

False Bay College head (Khayelitsha Campus) Haido Mteto said: “The Centre of Specialisation is for rigging and mechanical fitting. And are both not in our campus.

Busisiwe Mthuli, a student at False Bay College in Khayelitsha campus, described the event as helpful. She said the programmes that the campus is giving will assist and empower the community.

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