MOTETEMA – Sekhukhune Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College has been selected as one of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) facilities to be equipped with Centres of Specialization (COS).
The department has rolled out the launching campaign of 26 COS which are aimed at prioritizing 13 occupational trades in high demand -to curb trade skills shortages and reduce unemployment and poverty in the country.
According to the department, the COS are located at 26 TVET colleges across the country, which have been selected through a vigorous process undertaken by teams of education and industry experts, to identify trades that are in demand for infrastructure and strategic programmes such as the ocean economy.
The department said the colleges would be provided with resources to upgrade workshops and also equipment to be able to deliver effectively on much needed skills.
According to DHET the centres are also positioned to prepare students for workplace or self-employment through maintenance of close working relationships with employers in their areas of study.
“Partnerships between colleges and employers will assist the institutions to locate opportunities for work-integrated learning and help them to place students when they complete their qualifications,” said DHET in a statement.
Trades highly needed to grow the economy include, Electricians, Millwright, Boilermakers, Plumbers, Die Mechanics, Fitter and Turners, Pipe Fitters and Welders, Riggers and Mechanical Fitters among others.
Mike Dirane, Industry representative, said one of their personal goals was to empower TVET colleges to develop to a standard of skills delivery and make them providers of choice in occupational programmes for the sector.
Dirane said that would assist and ensure a closer working relationship between industry and the post school education and training sector, with specific focus on TVET colleges.
“We are of the opinion that this bringing together of stakeholders ensures for lasting working relationships and will see to it that Occupational Team Conveners work is simplified,” said Dirane.
Abickey Kgolane, Sekhukhune TVET College Marketing Officer, said COS proved that the facility was top of the list of the high performing ones in the country, rurally as it is located it got a prestigious status out of 50 institutions.
“Learners were faced with having to travel to remote centres for trade testing, and from now, they will be trade tested and certified locally. The DHET and SETAs will supply the facility with hi-tech equipment so that industry standards are met without compromise,” prides Kgolane.