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Article and photos by Nashveer Nemesar (Marketing Dept. – Majuba TVET College)

Majuba TVET College has rallied behind the government’s Decade of the Artisan advocacy programme. The official launch, held at the Newcastle Training Centre in KwaZulu Natal, was attended by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana. “We are encouraged by our TVET Colleges that are leading from the front in ensuring that South Africa produces the required artisans by 2030 as required by the National Development Plan (NDP)”, said Mr Manana.

This significant campaign aims to encourage more young people (high school learners and unemployed youth) to see artisanship as a career of choice. The slogan of the Decade of the Artisan is ‘It’s cool to be a 21st Century artisan’. This will assist the nation produce a more skilled workforce in the future as well as contribute to our economic growth and development.

However, between 2014 and 2024, the month of August shall be dedicated to artisan development and be officially known as “TVET College Month” where Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges are expected to invite high schools, Sector Education and Training Authority’s (SETAs) and Industry, in order to promote programme offerings for Artisan training and development. This will further expose high school learners and youth not in education or training (NEET) to some of the interesting activities that take place in engineering workshops at TVET Colleges and will ensure that we deliver on the government’s mandate to assist in producing 30 000 artisans per annum in South Africa by 2030. Mr Mlotshwa the Majuba TVET College Principal said, “More young people need to be apprenticed into trades to ease the skills crisis in South Africa. This Campaign intends to also form mutually beneficial partnerships between TVET Colleges, Industry and SETAs”.

Speaking at the Decade of the Artisan programme rallied by Majuba TVET College, Londiwe Mabaso (a young qualified female artisan employed at Elinem Construction) encouraged the learners particularly female leaners to consider Artisanship as a career and shared the various opportunities in artisanship such as Health and Safety, Welding, Boilermaking, etc. “You can work anywhere, for example, in the mines, you can even be a Safety Officer and earn up to R40 000 a month. Join us in this industry of artisan - it’s a beautiful industry, it is cool and full of opportunities”. Londiwe is a Boilermaker at Elinem Construction and she has been in the industry for 7 years.



Mpathwenhle Manyathela, a Grade 9 Student from Phendukani High School noted that “The Decade of the Artisan event that she attended at the Newcastle Training Centre has assisted her in deciding on a career path. Before I came here I had no idea on what career path to follow. I can now confidently say I will be an artisan in the welding field. Our future is in our own hands; you can either drop it or hold it. I will choose to hold it!”

About the Decade of the Artisan

There is a continuous need for suitably qualified artisans to sustain industries and support economic growth within South Africa. In a range of national strategies the need for artisans has been elevated and identified as a priority area for skills development. While the National Development Plan indicates that by 2030 the country should be producing 30 000 qualified artisans per year, this target has been brought forward by the 2014 – 2020 Medium Term Strategic Framework to 31 March 2026. At present the country is producing on average 13 000 qualified artisans per year and so the number has to increase by more than  double in the next twelve years leading up to 2026.

To achieve such a significant growth not only needs considerable investment and commitment by all artisan development role players with a special focus on workplaces in South Africa, but will also require sustained, committed and high profile political leadership. Such political leadership has been put into place through the personal intervention of the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande, and the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr. Mduduzi Manana.

A key intervention that has resulted from this leadership is the “2013 Year of the Artisan Programme” that was launched by the Minister on 4 February 2013 in Gauteng and since then was rolled out by the Deputy Minister in all the other provinces that culminated on 26 November 2013 in the Northern Cape. However, as 2013 is the “Launch” year of this flagship advocacy programme and has only started to raise the profile of artisans in selected areas of the country, there is a need to continue with a long term advocacy programme that will be known as “2014 – 2024 Decade of the Artisan”.

To this end there should be more focus on:

  • Engaging employers to ensure more workplaces are opened up for artisan learners;
  • Training of life orientation, community development workers, ward councillors and the Colleges career guidance advisors on artisanal careers
  • To expose learners from academic schools to technical and vocational; learning from as early as a Grade 6 level through interactive “try a skill” exhibits.

Photo 1 – Mr. M. Manana (Honourable Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training) and Mr. S. Mlotshwa (Principal of Majuba TVET College) together with the high school learners visiting the PLC Workshop at the Newcastle Training Centre at the launch of the Decade of the Artisan advocacy Campaign.

Photo 2 – An Eskom apprentice currently training at Newcastle Training Centre gives a demonstration of a practical in the Mechanical workshop at the launch of the Decade of the Artisan.

Majuba TVET College recently embarked in a salient partnership with MERSETA whereby forty (40) NCV Level 4 Engineering graduates where placed into an Apprenticeship Programme. An induction programme was then held for the graduates who were successfully chosen.

Article and photos by Nashveer Nemesar (Marketing Dept. – Majuba TVET College)

The MERSETA Apprenticeship Project is aligned to the MERSETA and Majuba TVET College National priorities for Artisan Development. It is also to formulate a partnership with private companies and Majuba TVET College in order to address skills development issues and increasing the number of graduates entering the labour market upon completion of their studies. The project is aligned to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. B.E. Nzimande’s mandate on a focus of Artisan development and the ‘Decade of the Artisan’.

The students are scheduled to commence with their Apprenticeship training in the following fields: Electrical; Fitting; Welding; Boilermaking; and Automotive. The following companies are participating in this project: Arcelor Mittal; DCD Venco; Shumar Engineering; Elinem Construction; and Newcastle VW and Audi Auto Dealerships.

The students will be placed at the Newcastle Training Centre for a period of 26 weeks and thereafter engage in practical work experience for the next 18 months at their respective host employer. Last but not least, they are schedule to go back to the Newcastle Training Centre for Trade Test preparation and to complete their Trade Test.

The induction programme was well attended by Industry partners, MERSETA, College Management and the students. The College would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the companies who have come on board to host these College graduates.

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Delegates from MERSETA, Majuba TVET College, Arcelor Mittal, DCD Venco, Shumar Engineering, Elinem Construction, Newcastle VW and Audi Auto Dealerships were present at the launch of the Apprenticeship programme.

The partnership formed with the JJK Group aims to keep students and lecturers at the College abreast of industrial developments linked to 21st Century technology.

Article by Nashveer Nemesar (Marketing Dept. - Majuba TVET College)

Majuba TVET College recently launched a significant partnership with JJK, a locally based company which prides itself in continuous utstanding, ground breaking and exceptional achievements. The two partners wish to further enhance their research and development through education, training and development. This partnership is aimed at enriching the synergy between the two partners and most importantly will benefit the College’s students in translating their theoretical knowledge into actions within the workplaces to be provided by the JJK GROUP.

The JJK Research and Development Programme, workplace engagement of learners and staff of the College will include amongst other things the following: Design and assembly of household electrical appliances that are much more energy efficient; Design and assembly of solar hot water systems; Focus on renewable energy with specific reference to electricity generation using solar and Hydro technology; Steel fabrication related to our construction work; Construction and developments; and Economic Sustainability Strategies.

Mr. Anesh Harrichuran, Campus Manager of Majuba Technology Centre, delightfully added that, “We are very enthusiastic about this partnership ith the JJK Group and would like to commend the Rector of Majuba TVET College, Mr. S.J. Mlotshwa, for his visionary approach and willingness to embrace the partnership.

This partnership will ensure that the students are exposed to concepts of entrepreneurship, skills enhancement and the academic world which forms a leading part of our drive of innovation and business development.

Furthermore this partnership aims at ensuring that students and lecturers are kept abreast of industrial developments linked with 21 century technology. The students are expected to benefit through their engagement with JJK to become independent thinkers and give them support to become future industrialists.

The JJK GROUP partnership with Majuba TVET College aims at encouraging learners to utilize their knowledge, to become productive and contribute to the first and second economy of our country. Indeed, they shall fly together to reach greater heights.

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Mr. Khoza (Director of JJK Group) signing the partnership with Mr. S.J. Mlotshwa (Rector of Majuba TVET College). Mr. A. Harrichuran (Campus Manager of MTC Campus) has been very instrumental in this project.

Article and Photos by Nashveer Nemesar (Marketing Dept. – Majuba TVET College)

Majuba TVET College recently placed 10 of their Engineering Graduates into an Apprenticeship opportunity with Sibanye Gold mine in Johannesburg. The excelling engineering graduates who completed their National Certificate Vocational (NCV) NQF Level 4 qualification at the College are relishing at the opportunity and making good progress at the gold mine.

Sibanye Gold mine is known to be the largest individual producer of gold from South Africa and is one of the world’s 10 largest gold producers. Sibanye Gold is listed on the JSE Limited in South Africa (primary listing) and the NYSE.

The graduates from Majuba TVET College were successfully placed at the mine after Interviews and Aptitude testing had taken place with Sibanye Gold Mine.

The graduates are currently being trained at one of Sibanye Gold mine’s Training Centres accredited by MQA in the following trades: Boilermaking; Fitting and Turning; and Electrical. They will serve their practical experience at the mine before meeting the requirements of Trade Test and finally qualifying as Artisans.

The Acting Head of Unit for Student Work-Placement at Majuba TVET College, Mr. D.S Mohan stated that, “This opportunity for our graduates has come at an appropriate time with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training declaring 2014 to 2024 as the Decade of the Artisan. Our graduates are not only academically qualified but disciplined, have the right attitude and strong work ethics so I urge companies to engage with our College for Apprenticeship opportunities going forward.”

Mr. David Nagar, Supervisor Head Consultant and Coach for the students at Sibanye Gold mine, further added that, “These NCV students from Majuba TVET College are of a high calibre. Their practical knowledge in both the mechanical and electrical disciplines combined with their hardworking ethic demonstrates an assertive attribute in their work.”

The Council and Senior Management of the College would like to extend their gratitude to Sibanye Gold Mine and the MQA for embarking in this significant partnership. Majuba TVET College welcomes all mining companies to contact the Student Work-Placement Unit on (034) 326 4888 should they require graduates to be placed at their mine.

Interview with an Engineering Graduate placed at Sibanye Gold mine

Name: Sithabile Sibeko

Age: 25

Course Studied: NCV: Engineering and Related Design (Boilermaking)

College: Majuba TVET College

Campus: Newcastle Technology Centre

How did you get selected for this Apprenticeship opportunity?

Fortunately, I have been performing exceptionally well at all levels in my course. I was rewarded for that by being selected by the College for this wonderful opportunity.

How has the Apprenticeship training at Sibanye Gold benefitted you thus far?

The management and mentors have been very supportive. They timeously ensure that we comply to all Sibanye Gold’s assessments, guidelines and standard procedures in conjunction with MQA. The mentors have helped us to grow and gain more knowledge. This has been my first opportunity in industry and it has indeed helped me to mature as an individual. I have also learnt how to communicate better with other people since joining Sibanye Gold.

What advice can you give to other young individuals who would like to pursue in a career in Engineering?

Firstly education is the key to any success. To follow your dreams, you have to study, study and study until you achieve that dream.  

Majuba FET College is hosting its annual Graduation Ceremony on the 02nd of December 2011.

All Ex-Majuba College students who have received their diploma’s and those who’ve already applied for their diploma’s and have not yet graduated are requested to come forward.

You are requested to please contact Mbali Mavimbela on:034 326 4888

THANK YOU!

Suitably qualified and experienced employment-seekers are invited to submit their relevant details to be included on the Majuba College HR database for 2012.

SUBMISSIONS IN THE FOLLOWING LECTURING FIELDS ARE PARTICULARLY REQUIRED:

Requirements: while a diploma/degree is preferable, candidates with at least a Trade Test & N3 Certificate will be considered.
• Boilermaking
• Electrical - Light Current
• Electrical - Heavy Current
• Fitting
• Civil
• Mechanical
• Maths & Science
• Plumbing
Requirements: recognised

Requirements: recognised 3-year diploma/degree with Majors in the relevant subjects.
• Communication / Language (English)
• Agriculture
• Business Management / Entrepreneurship
• Financial Management • Hospitality / Catering
• Office Administration
• Computer Science / IT
• Human Resource Management
• Life Orientation with Computer Literacy (IT qualifications, esp. end-user
computing)

Enquiries: Mr Xolani Nkosi, tel: (034) 326 4888.
Please note: Applicants must complete and sign a HR-DB application form, obtainable from the Majuba College Central Office (83 Allen Street, Newcastle) or from thsi website at : http://www.majuba.edu.za/node/590
Applicants may hand-deliver completed HR-DB application forms, coupled with certified copies of relevant qualifications to: The HR Dept at the Majuba Central Office, 83 Allen Street, Newcastle, between 08h00 and 15h00 or post it to: HR Dept, Majuba College, Private Bag X6602, Newcastle 2940.
Location of delivery sites:
• Newcastle Central: IT & Business Campus, Newcastle Technology Centre
• Madadeni: Centre for People Development, Majuba Technology Centre
• Dundee: Dundee Technology Centre
• Department of Correctional Services (Prisons): Ekuseni, Ncome, Waterval & Westville
CLOSING DATE: 28 NOVEMBER 2011.
Majuba College reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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