Trai­ning op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth moo­t­ed

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - News - Nic­key le Roux

The di­rec­tor of iCol­le­ge, Pro­fes­sor Ber­nie van Zi­jl, pro­po­ses to form a joint ven­tu­re with the Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to es­ta­blish op­por­tu­ni­ties for free e­du­ca­ti­on for lo­cal youth.

Both Van Zi­jl and Paul van Rooy­en said in an in­for­mal pre­sen­ta­ti­on to coun­cil on Wed­nes­day that the aim of the spon­so­red e­du­ca­ti­on was to cre­a­te op­por­tu­ni­ties for young pe­op­le a­ged 18 to 27 in fa­ce-to-fa­ce trai­ning con­di­ti­ons ac­cor­ding to SETA re­qui­re­ments.

With ex­pe­rien­ce in set­ting up trai­ning fa­ci­li­ties in ru­ral and e­ven t­ri­bal com­mu­ni­ties, iCol­le­ge works with se­ver­al spon­sors to ma­ke grants a­vai­la­ble to qua­li­fying stu­dents. The col­le­ge is al­so in­vol­ved in trai­ning 500 000 stu­dents in La­gos.

Mos­sel Bay exe­cu­ti­ve ma­yor, Al­der­man Har­ry Le­ven­dal, said he was ex­ci­ted a­bout the pro­po­sed pro­ject and in­vi­ted iCol­le­ge to do a pro­per pre­sen­ta­ti­on at a la­ter sta­ge so that in­depth que­s­ti­ons could be ad­dres­sed.

"I ha­ve the re­spon­si­bi­li­ty to cre­a­te op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth of the g­re­a­ter Mos­sel Bay a­rea. I am in­te­rested to he­ar mo­re. Our young pe­op­le should ne­ver be a­ble to say that we are not doing e­ver­y­thing in our po­wer to cre­a­te a better li­fe for them," Al­der­man Le­ven­dal said. The ANC chief whip, coun­cil­lor Jo­van Brui­ners, said: "E­du­ca­ti­on is po­wer, let's go for it."

Pro­fes­sor Ber­nie van Zi­jl, a di­rec­tor of iCol­le­ge, and Paul van Rooy­en met the exe­cu­ti­ve ma­yor of Mos­sel Bay, Al­der­man Har­ry Le­ven­dal, and ot­her coun­cil­lors to dis­cuss set­ting up a trai­ning fa­ci­li­ty in Mos­sel Bay.

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