Addressing the ‘scarce skills’ shortage
A RECENTLY rolled out study assistance programme will change the lives of eight local Class of 2017 matric learners, after each of them received a full bursary to study at the university of their choice.
The programme is the result of a long-time aspiration of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) to contribute towards the education of the aspiring and determined youth of the King Cetshwayo District.
‘Skills development is a national priority in South Africa and a critical factor to the future success of the country,’ said the organisation.
‘Meeting South Africa’s skills needs requires input from numerous public and government institutions, as well as private organisations.
‘If we talk about skills development, we talk about changing lives and enhancing the potential of employment and alignment of skills to the economy.
‘In view of this, RBIDZ has pledged to play a meaningful and proactive role in preparing our youth for the workplace through a variety of learning and skills development opportunities.’
Through the programme, RBIDZ aims to redress imbalances in the fields regarded as scarce.
It is a direct response to the government’s calls for reform in the ‘scarce skills’ disciplines.
The focus is on engineering, science, town planning, technology and economics.
This year’s bursary recipients are focused on mechanical engineering, built environment, geosciences, applied geology, information technology and accounting, and the future looks bright for them.