Vital skills centre opened in eSikhaleni
DEPUTY Minister for Higher Education and Training (DHET), Buti Manamela officially opened a skills centre at Umfolozi TVET College in eSikhaleni last week.
The training facility has the capability of hosting 90 apprentices in plumbing, carpentry and bricklaying.
It aims to improve existing partnerships with industries to ensure greater practiceorientation of training courses.
Manamela said this uMfolozi Skills Development Centre in partnership with Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) is part of the journey towards making Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges institutions of first choice.
‘Our National Skills Development Strategy 111 underscores the need for the 21 sector education and training authorities to work more closely with the 50 public TVET colleges.
‘The strategy encourages greater investment by the CETA’s towards expanding the occupation and skills programme offerings offered by the TVET college.
‘It calls upon the CETA to align more closely to the TVET college by bringing an industry voice and perspective to the work being done at a TVET college,’ Manamela said.
The Deputy Minister said CETA’s and TVET colleges are critical institutions with important roles to play in the national plan.
He also applauded the partnership with the German Foundation.
This partnership includes the planning and implementation of revising curricula, selecting applicants and providing practical work experience.
‘The lecturers have also received training in Germany in new technologies.
‘This is in line with the department’s commitment to reduce the inconsistency that currently exists between the standard training and the labour market requirements.
‘The improvements will allow the employability of graduates and the competitiveness of the enterprises,’ Manamela said.
He said for the first time, the DHET will also be introducing an Infrastructure Grant for TVET Colleges.
‘TVET college infrastructure needs better maintenance and upgrading.
‘We are also strengthening the staff capacity at TVET Colleges.
‘The DHET’s Professional Development of TVET Campus Managers’ Project aims to support the capacity of campus managers to be more effective in the management of their campuses,’ he said.
Higher Education Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela at the newly opened skills development centre