Minister Pandor calls for business support for artisan training


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    sylvia hammond
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    Higher Education and Training Minister, Naledi Pandor has urged leaders of big business to secure partnerships with the department to implement programmes for training artisans and entrepreneurs in a range of sectors.

    “National employer associations have a key role to play in modernising Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges system for the production of intermediate-level skills….are you ready to rise to the challenges.” Minister Pandor said.

    The Minister made the call during a meeting with captains of industry to introduce the department’s major training initiative to boost youth employment in South Africa, referred to as the Centres of Specialisation (COS), the programme aims to secure partnerships between the industry and 26 TVET colleges, countrywide, for the training of top artisans in 13 priority trade areas.

    These areas include bricklayers, electricians, boilmakers, plumbers, automotive and diesel mechanics, carpenters and joiners, welders, fitters and turners and riggers.

    According to the most recent employment statistics, one in two young people aged 15 -34 are unemployed.

    Minister Pandor said that the department has been working on a programme to ensure South Africa has the skills for it national infrastructure plan, as well as for the ocean economy and War on Leaks.

    “It is our intention to provide the skills through the partnership we will strengthen today. We have been liaising with the TVET colleges sector and key industry players to formulate a well-designed industry-government skills development plan,” Minister Pandor said.

    She also reported that the department has secured 780 grants commitments for SETAs, meaning “there is grant for every contracted apprenticeship in the programme.”

    “The National Skills Fund has set aside R150 million to support the colleges to ensure they are up-to-date and ready. The department will be presenting the plans to SETAS in the first week of April to secure their support. We will also meet with potential partners.”

    Business representatives welcomed the meeting with the Minister, noting that they are the primary lead players in the system and its imperative that they work together with government.

    Nazarene Mannie from Business Leadership South Africa is keen to engage with the Minister and welcome the opportunity for the day’s meeting.

    “We are very committed to skills development, particularly artisan and apprenticeship development. We think South Africa needs a strong technical skills to grow our economy. We also want to combine it with entrepreneur development,” said Mannie.
    – Report by SAnews.gov.za

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  • #65665

    Des Squire
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    It would also be nice if the Minister were to engage with providers on this issue. Most certainly this is the way to go and will greatly assist in reducing the unemployment problems. Big business have been involved and are continually engaged in discussions on issues of this nature but the providers are left out in the cold in many instances – not all. Perhaps the minister should have a public debate and discussion on all aspects of TVET and involve parents, learners, businesses and training providers. TVET education will not take off unless parents and learners are involved and saturated on the benefits of technical education and technical skilling of our young people. I do feel however that the minister will assist and put some new ideas out there. She must however give us all a chance to give input and assist.

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    • #65666

      sylvia hammond
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      Thank you Des – yes a question I think – what is the role of the private colleges and how are they complementary to the public TVET? Can they contribute to TVET capacity building – or to coaching within companies?

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  • #65667

    Des Squire
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    Hi Sylvia,
    I believe they can as I believe partnerships should exist between private providers, companies and TVET colleges. Each can compliment the other and each can be supportive of the other. Companies and private providers can assist in a mentoring role with TVET colleges as might be required. The secret however is getting all on board and for the negative perceptions to be dropped. If private providers enter into a kind of “mutually beneficial” relationship with TVET colleges everyone can benefit. We need to compliment each other rather then oppose each other if we are to achieve the desired end result – education, upskilling and empowerment

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  • #65682

    sylvia hammond
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    Hi Des, absolutely agree – we don’t have the resources or the time to waste – we need to gather everyone who can contribute to participate. We are so much better working together.

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