LEPHALALE — Having won a silver award for the Best Artisan Development programme at the National Skills Authority for training 360 artisans between 2014 and 2016, Lephalale TVET College is in the process of training another 60 learners to become artisans.
The College earmarked to advertise another apprenticeship for 32 learners who will be trained in Fitting and Turning.
The Thlatlong centre is currently training 15 Riggers, 15 Fitters, and 30 Electricians.
The college also aims to support women empowerment in the Engineering sector as more than 80% of the students selected to participate in this programme are women. The two-year training programme is funded by MERSETA and CHIETA, and the students receive a stipend.
During the selecting process, students that attended at Lephalale TVET College and those that reside in the Waterberg district were prioritized. Mr Calvin Mulaudzi, the Skills Development Manager, indicated that “this process is crucial as the students are expected to uplift the economy and close the scarce skills gap within the Waterberg district”. The students will be exposed to 30% theory and 70% practical. Upon completion, the students will receive their trade certificates, and those that have N6 will also be able to apply for their National Diploma. Furthermore, students will also be able to enter the labour market and improve the low unemployment rate in South Africa.
The Acting Principal, Mr Vincent Ngobeni, indicated that Lephalale TVET College would continue to serve the surrounding community and support the National Skill Development plan which aims to train 30 000 artisans by the year 2030. During the induction programme, Mr Mulaudzi encouraged the learners to ensure that they complete their occupational qualification and not be lured by other training providers.