Academy creates artisans

2019-02-27 06:00

The launch of the Motheo National Artisan Development Academy in Bloemfontein aims to bring to fruition the government’s plan to produce skilled artisans and engineers.

The Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), together with the Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Bloemfontein, will officially open this multi-million rand centre tomorrow (28/02).

The centre has been deemed as key in the government’s attempt to produce the targeted 30 000 qualified artisans and engineers by 2030.

A report by Business Tech in 2014 stipulated that engineering occupations dominate the Department of Labour’s list of scarce national skills. Engineering is in the top three positions and six of the top ten in South Africa.

According to Andile Nongogo, Seta’s chief executive officer, the academy is aimed at addressing the shortage of artisan skills in South Africa.

“Following the research on scarce skills conducted by the University of the Free State, Services Seta funded this academy to be operated by the Motheo TVET College. Services Seta is proud to be part of this important initiative. It is a continuation of our commitment to advance the skills base in our country,” Nongogo said.

The Motheo College is expected to fully manage the academy from June.

The academy is over 49 000 square meters in size, and is commissioned to cater for 1 000 enrolments per year on artisan-related programmes.

The academy will also provide for students with physical disabilities.

According to Dipolelo Phutsisi, principal of the Motheo TVET College, accommodating students with disabilities is in line with the institution’s mission to empower disabled students and improve their quality of life.

improve the quality of life of students with disabilities and them.

The academy has three workshops with simulation areas, 16 lecture rooms, 16 computer laboratories and three accommodation facilities that can accommodate up to 372 learners.

It also has an administration block, a kitchen and dining hall and recreational facilities.

It is envisaged that the academy will create jobs for 50 staff members, including lecturing staff.

  • The following accredited artisan training programmes will be offered: Civil Engineering;
  • Building and Construction;
  • Information Communication Technology;
  • Hair Care;
  • Beauty and Nail Technology;
  • Goldsmithing;
  • Electrical Engineering;
  • Renewable Energy studies;
  • Boilermaking and

Fabrication; and

  • Carpentry and Joinery.

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