THE newly launched Kokstad Skills Development Centre will boost the local economy and generate skills in young people, says Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) chief executive officer Andile Nongogo. Speaking at the official launch at the Bongweni Youth Centre last Friday Nongogo said the R25 million skills centre would offer an array of skills training programmes before the end May.Courses, he said, included civil engineering, building and construction services, information communication and technology, hair care, beauty and nail care technology, electrical engineering. Carpentry and joinery are also on the list of courses. “The centre will be attached to Esayidi Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) College and will operate as an additional campus. “The Services SETA has also commissioned 15 skills development centres currently being erected in remote and rural parts of the country, including an Artisan Development Academy in the Free State province,” said Nongogo.He said the centre is commissioned to cater for 300 enrolments per year in different skills. It has two workshops, seven lecture rooms as well as an administration block. The facility is also setup to accommodate people with physical disabilities.During the construction of the centre, 18 students from Esayidi TVET College received training and one of them is Ndibulele Dzanibe who completed his matric in 2015. Dzanibe thanked Services SETA for the opportunity.Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor, Bheki Mtolo said the centre was built after the municipality approached Services SETA to build a skills centre for the young people of Kokstad. He called on young people to use the centre to fulfil their dreams.“This is a new start for the young people of Kokstad and I am appealing to them to make sure that the centre is not vandalised and rather use it in a productive manner,” said Mtolo.