EASTCAPE Midlands TVET College (EMC) has been identified as one of 15 TVET Colleges to send eight learners to China on a 12-month funded international training/internship programme in two streams of studies; Energy and Water and Sanitation on March 29.The programme, fully funded and supported by the Chinese Culture and International Education Exchange Centre together with EWSETA is aimed at creating opportunities for the learners to gain work experience through integrating them in a real work learning methodology that is utilised by the top 500 Chinese companies. It is also aimed at promoting investment opportunities in South Africa, supporting job creation, exposing TVET learners to international standards, enhancing the learners’ work ethics in order for them to become global citizens and to provide TVET learners with a competitive advantage, by exposing them to international standards and machinery which will help them to showcase their talents during world skills competitions.Explaining the selection criteria process, Manager of the Career Development Centre at Eastcape Midlands TVET College Roxy von Gordon said the eight learners were selected based on their learner results, learner attendance and learner attitude and overall conduct. “This is a great opportunity for EMC’s learners as they will not only receive systematic and scientific training in a University or College, but they will also be exposed to the Chinese language, culture and skills. “Once the learners have completed their internship, which will consist of completing their studies at a College or University in China and working within Chinese manufacturing companies, they will return with an internationally recognised certificate from both the College and employer which will strategically place them in the job market with internationally recognised work skills for their sector,” Von Gordon said. She said China has made rapid advances in areas such as education, infrastructure and high-tech manufacturing, and is now in some areas a world leader in technology. “EMC therefore requires the support from local industry and the surrounding communities, to assist learners with sponsorships in the form of electronic devices which will greatly assist with the successful completion of the international training programme. The learners are in need of tablets, notebook laptops, cellphones and USB flash drives.“We trust that the learners will gain as much knowledge and experience as possible, and return to the many opportunities that await them as a result of such a programme,” Von Gordon concluded.