Vi­tal skills cen­tre opened in eSikhaleni

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

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

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