LEPHALALE — On Thursday 24 May Lephalale TVET College hosted its second stakeholder relationship breakfast at its premises in Onverwacht.
The Lephalale TVET Council opened the session by congratulating the Principal, Mr Lekau Mamabolo, and his team for emphasising the need to realise the council’s resolution through establishment of strategic partnership with role players. The council said a lot can be achieved in society and education through partnerships.
“As a TVET College we don’t work in isolation, but we carry our mandate within a society that faces a lot of hopelessness. We are strategically located and close to our communities that are likely to expect from us to enhance the capacity of youth through knowledge and skills that will enable them to be absorbed in the labour market and to participate actively in the economy of South Africa. That can only happen if the college is in a position to respond to their needs,” said Isaiah Mphaphuli, Council Chairperson.
He said the college has a serious responsibility to produce graduates and in order for that to happen they must understand what industries need.
“In order to avoid having graduates that do not get employed, we as the council have been calling to strengthen our partnerships with various industries by inviting them to the campus so that they can address their needs and for students to have a mutual understanding on why they need to join those industries,” he said.
Mphaphuli furthermore said it is essential for students to be practically exposed to their areas of specialisation.
Mr Mamabolo thanked the Royal Councils that were represented by Kgošigadi Langa of Mokuronyane and Kgoši RJ Shongoane from Shongoane.
He said he was pleased to realise that the Royal Council believes in education and this will assist the college in sharing the message to the communities outside town to use the college as their vehicle to learn.
Furthermore, he said the TVET sector happens to be at the centre of creating societies that are better able to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
“There is a need to promote transparency to enter into strategic partner relations. Partnerships are required to expand access to higher education and training by increasing enrolment while improving the quality of education. There are aspects of partnership in work integrated learning and the purpose is to expose candidates to career development through job shadowing, internship, learnership and apprenticeship.”
He said through this they also get feedback from companies about students and ensure they use it to prepare current students to be professionally ready for work.
He said donors look at good governance and discipline at the environment they are donating to, therefore it is important to not have unrest or activities that can tarnish the image of the college.
The first stakeholder relationship was in 2016, however, there was none in 2017.
In attendance were British Council, who plays a facilitation role and is United Kingdom’s cultural relations organisation with a goal to create knowledge and understanding in the 130 countries they operate, to support economic transformation and education in sectors identified by the countries as areas of need or concern and Siemens who helped with purchasing equipment for the college and MerSETA, which facilitates skills development, education and training in engineering and manufacturing industries.
The stakeholder relationship breakfast was organised by the Partnerships, Relationships and Linkages Department headed by William Modise, the Assistant Director.