EASTCAPE Midlands College (EMC) has been identified as one of 15 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to send 8 students to China on a 12 month funded international training programme.The programme comprise the study fields Energy and Water & Sanitation and is fully funded and supported by the Chinese Culture & International Education Exchange Centre together with Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA), a skills development authority serving the energy and water sectors. “The main purpose of the programme is to create opportunities for the students to gain work experience through integrating them in a real work learning methodology that is utilised by the top 500 Chinese companies,” said Roxy von Gordon, Manager of Eastcape Midlands TVET College’s Career Development Centre.The programme aims to promote investment opportunities in South Africa, to support job creation, expose TVET students to international standards, enhance TVET students’ work ethics in order for them to become global citizens and to provide TVET students with a competitive advantage by exposing them to international machinery which will help them to showcase their talents during World Skills competitions.The eight students who will be leaving for China today, come from EMC’s Electrical Engineering programme, and were selected based on results, attendance, attitude and overall conduct. “This is a great opportunity for EMC’s students 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,” said Von Gordon.Once the students have completed their internships - which consist of completing their studies at a college or university in China and working within Chinese manufacturing companies - they will return with internationally recognised certificates from both the college and employer which will strategically place them in the job market with internationally recognised work skills for their sector.“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 their students with sponsorships in the form of electronic devices which will greatly assist with the successful completion of the international training programme. “EMC is very proud to send the eight students off to China, trusting that they 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,” said Von Gordon.