Industry programme set to develop skills

2019-04-17 06:02
The representatives of the Central University of Technology (CUT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are from the left Dan Maritz (CUT’s director: communications and marketing), Solly Molepo (deputy director: DTI), Ncomise Mcata-Mhlauli (chief director: DTI), Michael Makwa (Makwa Brokers consultants agency) and Mpho Mokoena (African Solutions Institute). Photo: Supplied

The representatives of the Central University of Technology (CUT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are from the left Dan Maritz (CUT’s director: communications and marketing), Solly Molepo (deputy director: DTI), Ncomise Mcata-Mhlauli (chief director: DTI), Michael Makwa (Makwa Brokers consultants agency) and Mpho Mokoena (African Solutions Institute). Photo: Supplied

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The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State could benefit financially from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (Thrip).

This followed a special visit by delegates from the DTI on 28 March.

Delegates of the DTI shared and discussed with CUT the funding opportunities offered through the department’s Thrip programme.

The programme has been established with the chief objective to respond to the shortage of high-level technical skills within the industry.

It also aims to improve the competitive edge of South Africa’s industry through the development of advanced technologies and highly skilled people.

To achieve the goal, the delegation stressed the importance of government, industry and academia to collaborate on research and development programmes in science, engineering and technology on a cost-sharing basis.

Ncomise Mcata-Mhlauli, chief director of the DTI, explained that the role of the department was to provide support for research, pro­duct development and collaborate with the university on issues of agro-pro­cessing and cosmetic industry.

She said the department support includes product commercialisation.

“We want to make sure that we industrialise diffe­rent agricultural sectors and the cosmetic industry.

“We want to strengthen partnerships with universities, industry and government to create networks, as well as collaborative projects that will address issues of unemployment, industrialisation and economic growth,” said Mcata-Mhlauli.

She said the department target was to ensure the establishment of incubation programmes with universities, especially around agro-processing products.

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